Concacaf appointed Brian Hall
as its director of refereeing following a review of its refereeing department and the confederation's referees who came in for tremendous criticism at the 2015
Hall, who refereed at the 2002 World Cup, most recently served as match official development manager at PRO, which oversees referees for the USA's pro leagues. He also worked in
administrative positions overseeing training and assessment at Concacaf and U.S. Soccer.
“Refereeing is one of the most critical functions for the confederation and we are confident
that the department’s reorganization under Brian’s leadership will establish an efficient structure to continue strengthening our operations,” said Concacaf acting general secretary
. “Brian has a deep understanding of our region and an intense passion for refereeing. We look forward to having him lead the assessment and development of referees, while
ensuring that our community of referees receives the necessary support to perform professionally and effectively on the field.”
After the Gold Cup, where decisions in Mexico's wins
over Costa Rica and Panama came in for heavy criticism, then-acting president (since indicted) Alfredo Hawit
said, "We at Concacaf regret these circumstances but accept that such human errors
are part of the game."
In January 2016, Concacaf announced the results of its Refereeing Department review, which included a recommendation to hire a new director of refereeing. Ten
candidates were screened over a three-month period, followed by a review of five candidates.