First Registration Process
This international clearance process is only for players who have never been registered to a club affiliated with another national association.
U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizens born outside of the U.S. may be cleared to register by simply completing and signing the First Registration Form. This process is available to all players, regardless of current age and skill level.
U.S. Citizens born outside of the U.S. must complete the following steps:
- Fill out the First Registration Form (click here to download).
- Submit the completed form, along with valid proof of U.S. citizenship, to State Association/League and U.S. Soccer.
Upon receipt, U.S. Soccer will review the paperwork and will notify the affiliated member if the player is clear to register.
Non-U.S. Citizens: A player who is not a U.S. Citizen and is currently aged 18 or over may also be cleared to register by the First Registration process. However, there is an additional step required (if player is under the age of 18, please see the Minors link above).
Once a player completes the two steps listed above, U.S. Soccer will contact the foreign national association of the player and inquire whether they have any registrations, at any level, for the player in question. If no response is given within seven (7) days or the foreign national association confirms there was no previous registration, U.S. Soccer will notify the league member that player is free to register. If the foreign federation states, however, that the player had been previously registered, the player cannot use the First Registration option and will have to be cleared via a different method.