The United States Women's National Team has come under fire for some of its players' decisions to remain silent during the playing of the national anthem
before games during the 2023 FIFA World Cup. The players' silence during The Star-Spangled Banner, however, does not violate any rules.
. In fact, if they so want, players are even permitted to kneel.
In fact, U.S. Soccer altered its rule mandating that players stand for the playing of the national anthem.