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Member Programs Newsletter | July 2021


Introducing the U.S. Soccer Player Status Department

The Player Status Department is responsible for the processing of all registration requests, both professional and amateur, as outlined in the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players. The services provided and processed by Player Status are required to be compliant with FIFA regulations, thus the department is part of the Compliance Department of U.S. Soccer.  One of those registration types is International Clearances.

Players wishing to fully participate and be eligible to register with teams/clubs/leagues in the United States fall under these categories:

  • Player was born outside of the United States, including U.S. citizens born abroad.

  • Player previously registered with a club/team/league outside of the United States.

Clearance is required for ALL players who meet one or both of the above instances regardless of past practices, age, nationality, club affiliation, or member organization with which the player is registering/participating. Failure to adhere to the requirements can result in fines and/or sanctioning from both FIFA and U.S. Soccer.

The international clearance registration forms have been updated to reflect FIFA criteria/guidelines and streamline the process. Failure to adhere to instructions and criteria outlined will result in submission being rejected and/or processing delays. The forms will be available on the U.S. Soccer website Friday, July 16.  Updates include:

  • Detailed step-by-step instructions on how to submit for successful processing.

  • Explanation of who qualifies to submit under the selected form.

  • Completion criteria and list of required documents /format/file size for processing to occur.

One registration process which has been slightly modified is the age requirement for P10s. Continuing to process P10s for players aged 10 and older would open the Federation, members, leagues and clubs to risk and possibility of fines. Thus, P10s will be processed for qualifying players aged nine (9) and younger to bring the process in compliance with FIFA regulations.


  • Minors –players between the ages of 10 to 17

  • Adult – players 18 years of age and older

  • Amateur status – no payment involved regardless of age

  • Professional – payment involved



P10 Registration

  • International clearances and first registrations for any player nine (9) years of age and younger at the time of registration regardless of citizenship.

First Registration - U.S. Citizen

  • U.S. citizens born outside the United States who have never been registered at any level to play soccer in any other country.

  • Holds physical proof of citizenship.

First Registration - U.S. Citizen – Awaiting Physical Proof

  • U.S. citizens born outside the United States who have never been registered at any level to play soccer in any other country.

  • Does not currently hold physical proof of citizenship but according to the United States government, is a U.S. citizen.

5 Year Exception

  • Player is registering for the first time and has lived continuously in the United States for the last five years.

50km Exception

  • Both the player and club are within 50km (31 miles) of their common national border and the distance between the two is less than 100km (62 miles).

Parents Move Exception

  • The parents of the player moved to the United States for reasons not linked to soccer.

  • Includes United States Citizens returning home to their family after studying abroad.

Exchange Student Exception

  • The player is an exchange student undertaking an academic program in the United States.

Accompanied Refugee Exception

  • The player is moving for humanitarian reasons with their parents.

Unaccompanied Refugee Exception

  • The player is moving for humanitarian reasons without their parents.



First Registration

  • Any player born outside of the United States who has never been registered at any level to play soccer in any other country.

International Transfer Certificate (ITC)

  • Any player over the age of 18 who has been previously registered to a club in another country cannot be registered to a club in the United States until U.S. Soccer has received an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) from the player's former association.


For any questions regarding Player Registration and International Clearances, please reach out to the contacts below:

U.S. Soccer points of contact:


Wednesday July 21, 2021
@ 1:00 PM CT

Reminder and call link to be emailed Monday, July 19.


No change.

Continuing with protocols established in 2020.


Organization Members Information

Youth National Team Identification Center Schedule

International Games Schedule
(updated weekly)




U.S. Soccer launched Coach For Community (C4C), a no-barrier educational opportunity in March of 2021. C4C is a free coaching education resource aimed at connecting with communities to help increase player participation, as well as retain players and coaches. Events are designed to help local organization leaders, coaches, teachers, parents, and anyone responsible for creating positive youth soccer experiences. Each participating C4C attendee receives a free voucher for a U.S. Soccer Online Grassroots Coaching Course ($25 value). Thank you to Connecticut Junior Soccer Association and South Texas Youth Soccer Association for hosting recent C4C events.

The four Grassroots In-Person and Online courses have been translated into the Spanish language. In-person courses are available for members to host, and all resources, including content, session plans, and assignments are in the Learning Center. Coach For Community (C4C) has been translated and is also available in Spanish.

Questions can be directed to Stefan McMillan to – Manager, Coaching Operations

2022 U.S. Soccer AGM

The 2022 U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting and National Council Meeting will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis from March 3-5, 2022.

More details to come in the following weeks.






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