Last Fall, during the pregame playing of the national anthem, US Women’s Soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt to send a political message.
In response, the United States Soccer Federation issued a statement of disapproval, saying, “We have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor the flag while the national anthem is played.”
US Soccer has since made a rule requiring players and staff to “stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems.”
Per Fox Sports:
Now, the federation’s stance is not only an expectation, but an official policy for all of U.S. Soccer.
The policy does not specify if there would be a punishment for any members of U.S. Soccer who violate it. Federation president Sunil Gulati said that they will address any consequences if a violation of the policy happens.
Retired US Soccer star, Stuart Holden, tweeted the new rule: