The first time a player registers with Terrell, it is mandatory that we have see the players birth certificate (hospital, and baptismal certificates are NOT acceptable). Military ID and passports are acceptable. A certified copy of a birth certificate can be obtained from the State in which your players was born.
International Clearance Process
The Transfer Process:
Per FIFA's Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, the international clearance process is required when any foreign-born player over the age of 10 is attempting to register with an affiliated club in the United States, regardless of that player's ability or citizenship. U.S. Soccer is responsible for properly obtaining that clearance on behalf of these players before they can register and participate in an affiliated league.
***While Puerto Rico is indeed a U.S. territory, it is recognized as being completely independent from us by FIFA. The same goes for Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They all have their own soccer federations and are viewed as “foreign” with regards to international clearances for players.
*** Due to FIFA’s regulations, and their strict enforcement of the rules regarding international transfers for minors, we are not permitted to clear any players under the age of 18 who have moved to the country without his/her parents. Any violations of FIFA’s regulations could result in serious sanctions for us and our members.
The chart below explains which process should be used, depending on the player's age:
* Any foreign-born players under the age of 10 should also submit 'Proof of Entry Prior to 10' documentation to U.S. Soccer in order to receive immediate clearance.