FIFA requires all players over the age of 12, regardless of their ability or citizenship, to receive an international transfer clearance (“ITC”) from their former country when they are attempting to register to play soccer in a different country (i.e., the United States). U.S. Soccer is responsible for obtaining that ITC on behalf of all players in the U.S. participating in affiliated leagues.
As a member of US Soccer through the US Adult Soccer Association, the Maryland State Soccer Association assists its members in processing any international transfer clearance request for all players born outside of the U.S. or for those born in the U.S. who have played abroad. The links below explains the process as set forth by US Soccer & the necessary forms to complete. MSSA will assist its players & clubs by forwarding the forms to US Soccer. Completed forms may be mailed to MSSA President Anthony Falcone at 2305 Drexel Street, Hyattsville, MD 20783 or emailed to MSSAFalcone@msn.com. Please feel free to email Tony if there are any questions.
Players who hold professional status and wish to register as an amateur with an amateur club will be need to go through the amateur reinstatement process before that registration can be approved by US Soccer. Per FIFA regulations, a player registered as a professional may not re-register as an amateur until at least 30 days after the player's last match as a professional. The player must also be out of contract at the time of application.
US Soccer International Clearance Process (ITC)
ITC Request Form (ITC 5-11)
First Registration Form (FR-11)
Prior to Age 12 Submission Form (P12 5-11)
In order to complete this process, the player should follow these steps:
Complete the Amateur Reinstatement Form - Use this LINK for form
Submit the form and $50 application fee to U.S. Soccer
U.S. Soccer Federation Attn: Federation Services Department/Amateur Reinstatement 1801 South Prairie Avenue Chicago, IL 60616
Once received, if FIFA requirements are met, U.S. Soccer will process the reinstatement and notify the player, club, league, and/or State Association.
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