This is in regards to the previous question regarding the wearing of American flags on referee’s shoulders. According to the United States Flag Code, “The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and members of patriotic organizations.”
Does the USSF constitute a patriotic organization (a la the US Olympic team) and is thus exempt from this provision?
USSF answer (February 20, 2009):
Thank you for the email. U.S. Soccer considers itself a patriotic organization.