NEW YORK (Thursday, 9 December 2010) – Former World Cup veteran Brian Hall has been appointed to the newly created position of CONCACAF director of referee administration, and will assume his new post at the confederation’s New York headquarters on Monday.
The 49-year-old Hall officiated matches at the amateur and professional level for more than 30 years and was a four-time recipient of U.S. Major League Soccer’s Referee of the Year award. He will work in conjunction with the CONCACAF Referee Committee and the FIFA Referee Assistance Program on the appointment, scheduling and assessment of referees.
“We are thrilled to have Brian join CONCACAF,” General Secretary Chuck Blazer said. “He is a trusted member of the refereeing community and brings a wealth of unique experience that will help us further improve our refereeing program throughout the region.”
Hall was a FIFA international referee for 15 years, matching the longest period for any American, before retiring in 2007. His 60 international appointments include the 2002 World Cup, World Cup qualifying, Confederations Cup, Under-17 World Cup, Olympic qualifying, CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONCACAF Champions Cup and Asian Cup in addition to his work in the Major Indoor Soccer League and Major League Soccer, where he was the referee in two finals.
The California native, who was chosen by World Soccer magazine as of one of the 10 best referees internationally in 2004, also will oversee planning and organization of the CONCACAF elite referee and assessor courses and develop video programming.
He arrives at CONCACAF after two-and-a-half years at the U.S. Soccer Federation, where he was responsible for training and assessment of referees.