May 29, 2018
A couple of weeks ago it came to our attention that a team entered in the NY West State Cup had multiple rostered players that should have obtained an International Transfer Clearance (ITC) prior to being rostered on the team. The International Transfer Clearance process, per FIFA, applies to all players globally who wish to play soccer in a country other than the one in which they were born, regardless of citizenship. We, NYSWYSA, are obliged to follow and enforce this policy without exception. Following research into the matter, the result was that the team involved was disqualified from the NY West State Cup Finals. We do not believe that there was intent by the team to intentionally circumvent the policy to gain competitive advantage, but NYSWYSA was obliged to act, regardless.
We want to remind all of our members of the need to follow this process. As it pertains to players between the ages of 10 and 17, the policy from FIFA is specific, and is written as follows.
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.
The FIFA policy is referenced in the NYSWYSA web site, with links to the US Soccer web site for further details and instructions on the process to follow when registering players. Note that the process does also apply to players under age 10 and over age 17, with varying clearance processes depending on the situations.
The onus is on each club to be aware of the ITC process, and to follow it. We encourage you to make sure you and your registrars are familiar with the process.
President, New York State West Youth Soccer Association