Any player under the age of 18 who is not eligible for the Prior to 10 clearance method will be required to go through the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) in order to obtain their international transfer clearance.

FIFA's Regulations state that international transfers of players are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18. However, there are three exceptions to the rule:

1. The player's parents move to the country in which the new club is located for reasons not linked to soccer.

2. The transfer takes place within the territory of the European Union.

3. The player lives outside the country, but no further than 50km from a national border. In addition, the club with which the player wishes to be registered in the neighboring association is also within 50km of that border.

*Note: In Massachusetts, only exception #1 is applicable.

*Please note that these are the only exceptions that can be used to process an international transfer for a minor.  U.S. Soccer is not permitted to proceed with a clearance request for a player that does not fit one of these two categories. 

To review these applications, documents are uploaded into FIFA TMS and are reviewed by FIFA, which makes the final determination on whether a First Registration clearance or ITC could be requested for a minor player.

In order to get registered under the first exception, the minor player (and parents) should follow these steps:

1. Collect required documentation to prove that the player meets the ‘parents’ exception:

a. Player’s Passport

b. Player’s Birth Certificate

c. Player’s Parents’ Passports

d. Player’s Parents’ Work Visas

e. Player’s Parents’ Proof of Residence (Utility bill, lease agreement, etc.)

f. Player’s Parents’ Proof of Employment (Pay Stub, Employment Verification Letter, etc.)

g. Completed ITC Request or First Registration form - Download
           i. If player has been previously registered outside of U.S., use ITC Request Form
         ii. If player has never been registered to any club, use First Registration Form

 2. Forward documentation to Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association, who will verify the information and send it to U.S. Soccer.


*Please send all documents in separate, individual PDF files. FIFA TMS only permits the upload of PDFs and does not support any other file format. Documentation sent in any other format will not be accepted and will need to be resent in PDF format. Failure to send the information as requested will delay this process.

For more information on what is required in these supporting documents, please refer to the "Protection of Minors -Pertinent Facts Document" provided by FIFA. Click here to download. If FIFA TMS determines one of the above-mentioned exceptions have been met, U.S. Soccer will be notified and immediately proceed with the player's international clearance request.

Please contact U.S. Soccer Registration Department with any questions.

*Please note that FIFA can take over 2 months to process these requests.  Once FIFA has reviewed the submitted documentation they will request the clearance form needed either the ITC Form or First Registration Form.  After the correct form has been requested from FIFA and U. S. Soccer has contacted the Federation in question thirty days must pass before the thirty day provisional clearance will be granted for ITC, seven days for First Registration.  Written confirmation that Provisional Clearance has been granted from U.S. Soccer is need prior to the player being placed on a NCS/State Cup roster.

If you have questions about the process please contact:
Mary Relic
(978) 466-8812 x222