U.S. Soccer Players Are Required to Stand for National Anthem


Looks like the U.S. soccer team won't be sitting out of this tradition anymore.

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U.S. Soccer adopted a rule requiring players on any national team to stand during national anthems. Fox Soccer analyst Stuart Holden tweeted a picture of the rule that was passed by the soccer federation's board of directors on Feb. 9.

According to Holden, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said penalties for those who break the rule would be decided on a case-by-case basis. 

"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," said the policy. 

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This policy was implemented after National Women's Soccer League's Megan Rapinoe took a knee for the national anthem during the last two matches last year. 

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