The U.S. Soccer Federation revised its position regarding the player registration initiatives that take effect in conjunction with the 2018-19 registration year.
What has changed: Most significantly, the “country of birth”, “country(ies) of citizenship”, and “Has the player ever registered and participated in soccer activities outside of the U.S. with a foreign team” fields (ITC fields) will be required only for players participating:
For all other players, these fields will be optional.
^ The spirit of the professional affiliation is to identify clubs receiving value from the professional affiliation; examples include (but aren’t limited to) using professional team name and marks, coach exchange, scouting of players, pipeline to professional club, free/discounted kits, etc.
What is still required: The fields currently included as part of US Club Soccer’s player registration process will still be required, including:
Additionally, all player registration requests must pass the FIFA/U.S. Soccer National Data Center review process before approval, as follows:
How this information will be used: This information will be used by FIFA and U.S. Soccer primarily for the purposes of assigning and maintaining unique player identification numbers, and for complying with FIFA international clearance (ITC) requirements.
Effective date: Understanding the FIFA deadline of August 1, U.S. Soccer is making these initiatives effective as of the start of each Member Organization’s 2018-19 registration year or August 1, whichever comes first. In US Club Soccer’s case, that is July 1, 2018.
Applicability: These initiatives apply to all players – recreational, competitive and adult – registering through any U.S. Soccer Member Organization (ex: US Club Soccer, AYSO, US Youth Soccer state associations, etc.).
Registration resource updates: Revisions have been made to the following US Club Soccer-aligned registration tools in a accordance with these initiatives, which include addition of the ITC fields as “optional.”
Tab 1: To be used when manually adding players to the spreadsheet, which includes country drop-down fields.
Tab 2: To be used if you are exporting data from another system. Please copy and paste the data into the applicable fields, and reference Tab 3 for instructions regarding adding countries.
Tab 3: Contains a list of countries formatted according to the ISO-3166-1 standard, to be used as a reference for those adding countries in Tab 2. Please ensure any country field is formatted using the Alpha-2 code of the ISO-3166-1 standard. Players will not pass the FIFA/U.S. Soccer NDC review process if this format is not used.
Action items: In an effort to be proactive ahead of the busy summer registration season, US Club Soccer is encouraging registrars and club administrators to ensure information for the required data fields is collected, and added into the appropriate US Club Soccer-aligned registration tool, for each player. Doing so will help prevent unnecessary delays in requesting and processing 2018-19 registrations.