US Soccer Makes New Policy Concerning The National Anthem

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: