FIFA / U.S. Soccer


Beginning with the 2018-19 registration year (as of July 1, 2018), all player registration requests must pass the FIFA/U.S. Soccer National Data Center review process. As part of that, the U.S. Soccer Federation is requiring completion of “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) for players participating:

  • on professional teams and any amateur/youth team that has a legal, financial or de facto tie to a professional team^
  • in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
  • in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy

For all other players, these ITC fields will be optional. These ITC fields are in addition to the fields currently required as part of US Club Soccer’s player registration process, including: name (as displayed on the proof of birth), address (of a parent if player is a minor), email address (of a parent if player is a minor), date of birth, phone and gender.

^ 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.

How this information will be usedThis 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.

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:  Player registrations are submitted via the registration system to the FIFA/U.S. Soccer National Data Center. Once the FIFA/U.S. Soccer NDC review is complete and approved, the FIFA and U.S. Soccer ID numbers will be added to the player’s record. If there are any ITC or related issues that need to be addressed, the player’s passcard/registration will be deactivated until those are resolved.

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