U.S. Soccer has joined worldwide soccer federations in taking a stand against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by releasing a statement denouncing the attack.
The organization also declared that it would not take the field against Russia in any competitions “until freedom and peace have been restored.”
They are believed to be the first non-UEFA team to make such a declaration.
“The U.S. Soccer Federation stands united with the people of Ukraine and is unequivocal in our denunciation of the heinous and inhumane invasion by Russia. We will neither tarnish our global name, nor dishonor Ukraine, by taking the same field as Russia, no matter the level of competition or circumstance until freedom and peace have been restored. #WeStandWithUkraine.”
The statement was released hours before FIFA and UEFA announced that they were suspending all Russian national and club teams from competitions “until further notice.”
“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine. Both Presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people,” said FIFA and UEFA in the joint statement.
The suspension means the Russian men’s national team would not be eligible to participate in the World Cup playoff set to take place next month. The Russian women’s national team, who were set to play in Women’s Euro 2022 this summer, would also be exempt from the tournament under the recent ruling.