US Soccer laws will force all players to stand for National Anthem

She was in camp with the team earlier this year but was not selected for the SheBelieves Cup, a three-game tournament the U.S.is now hosting.

As of today, they're apparently the first major American sports organization to formally announce a requirement that players stand for the national anthem since Colin Kaepernick sparked anthem protests across several sports last fall.

US head coach Jill Ellis said in February that the decision to not bring Rapinoe to the SheBelieves Cup was based purely on roster reasons.

U.S. Soccer has passed a new policy that would require players to stand for the national anthem at events where the federation is represented, according to FOX Sports' Stuart Holden.




Holden tweeted that U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said there were no preset consequences for violating the rule and that it would be addressed if it occurred.

The change comes after Megan Rapinoe kneeled before a USA women's senior team friendly against Thailand in September.

Turning one's back to the flag, making a derogatory gesture or any number of other actions would also violate the policy and any punishment could depend on the way in which a person does not "stand respectfully".

In October, the 31-year-old Seattle Reign star posted an article on the Players' Tribune explaining her decision and her intent to continue kneeling.

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