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International Transfer Certificate (ITC)


What is an ITC?

An International Transfer Certificate (ITC) is a certificate provided from one national association to another to facilitate the transfer of a player between countries. 

ITC: Amateur Adults
An ITC will be required for a player aged 18 or over where that player’s immediately previous football registration was overseas. 


ITC: Minors

The international clearance process applies to any player aged 10 to 18 years (Minor) seeking to register to play football in Australia at any level. 


The link to the International transfer Certificate (ITC) Complete Guide can be found below, however the broad guidelines are as follows:

Why do players need an ITC?

The FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (FIFA Regulations) require all players to obtain an ITC where the immediately preceding registration was with a national association other than the national association in which the player is registering.

Further, Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) National Registration Regulations (NRRs) prescribe various obligations in relation to the requirement for a player to have a valid ITC prior to registering and playing football in Australia. 
 

Is the process different for both adults and children?

Yes! 

 

ITC - Minor



What is the age of a Minor?
A player aged 10 to 18 years (Minor) seeking to register to play football in Australia at any level 

 

Why do Minors require an ITC?

  • The FIFA Regulations also apply to any Minor who is a foreign national (including refugees) seeking to register in Australia, irrespective of whether they were registered to play football in their previous country or not.
  • The FIFA Regulations also capture any Australian Minors who are returning to Australia after having played abroad. Any such Minor seeking to register to play football will need to complete a Minor ITC Application. 


What if we have not played over seas and have migrated over to Australia?

The FIFA Regulations also apply to any Minor who is a foreign national (including refugees) seeking to register in Australia, irrespective of whether they were registered to play football in their previous country or not.

Where a Minor was born in a country other than Australia and is registering to play football for the first time, the international clearance process will still need to be carried out. 
 

What age of minors DO NOT require an ITC?

Children aged under 10 do not require an ITC. 

 

My child is an amateur, do they still require an ITC?

An individual player’s footballing ability or nationality has no bearing on the ITC process.

 

Whats NEXT?

To avoid unnecessary delays, (this can be a lengthy process) please ensure:

  • that you send the Minor ITC Application Form and supporting documents to Lindfield FC immediately; and
  • the supporting documents provided are in accordance with the relevant enclosed checklists 

 

ITC - Amateur Adults


 

An ITC will be required for a player aged 18 or over where that player’s immediately previous football registration was overseas.
 

An ITC request is triggered during the PlayFootball self-registration process, which requires the player to respond truthfully to the following questions: 

 

(a) Was the player’s last registration to play football in another country? 

 

(b) In which country (other than AUSTRALIA) did the player last register? 

 

(c) With which Club did the player last register in [NAME OF COUNTRY IN (b)]? 

 

(d) In which year did the player last register in [NAME OF COUNTRY IN (b)]?

 

What happens if your last registration was overseas? 

If the player answers “yes” to question (a) their registration status switches to ‘Pending ITC”. 

NB: Please advise LFC  that an ITC has been triggered for your registration so we are aware it is in process and can action any required paperwork as it comes through.

What is NEXT?

The players request is sent to FFA so that they may request an ITC.

FFA will update Playfootball with the date the ITC was requested from the player’s former national association. 

How long do i need to wait for the request?

FFA cannot register a player unless and until: (a) the ITC is received; or (b) no response has been received from the National Association within 30 days from the date FFA sends the ITC request. 

TIP:

As a guiding principle, Clubs should allow 35 days from the date the ITC is requested. However, during peak periods this time frame may vary. 


FFA Guide to International Transfer Certificates


The Guide covers the below and can be downloaded here.