The international clearance (ITC) process is only required for players registering with a club that has a professional affiliation (i.e., legal, financial, or de facto ties to a professional club). Clubs with teams participating in MLS Next are considered to have a professional affiliation. For those players registering with a pro affiliated club, the ITC process is required when a player is at least 10 years old and wishes to register with an affiliated club/team/league in the United States, if one or both of the following apply:
- Player was born outside of the United States, including U.S. citizens born abroad.
- Player previously registered to play soccer with a club/team/league outside of the United States.
As of February 2022, U.S. Soccer has updated the processes and forms required for international clearance.
MSYSA ITC Updates Memo – March 2, 2022
MSYSA International Clearance – this resource includes general information and a summary of updates (as of August 2022) regarding the international clearance process. Page 2 of this resource includes a graphic from U.S. Soccer which will help parents/players and club administrators determine which ITC process is applicable to the player. Page 3 includes a list of all the ITC processes, with a link for each process containing detailed instructions and the required form.
Forms and supporting documents should be submitted to MSYSA via email to email@example.com. Attachments must be in PDF format. Include the player’s name in the email subject line.
Please submit questions regarding international clearance via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.