US Soccer Federation Votes to Repeal National Anthem Policy

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) on Saturday voted to repeal a policy that required players stand for the national anthem.

More than 70 percent of the members of U.S. Soccer’s ruling body voted to repeal Policy 604-1, which was originally adopted by the USSF in 2017. The policy stated: “All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.”

The USSF adopted the policy in response to response to U.S. women’s national soccer team player Megan Rapinoe, who knelt for the national anthem before a 2016 match to show solidarity with then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt before NFL games in protest against police brutality. Read more…

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