Brian Hall leaves post as Concacaf's Director of Refereeing

Brian Hall, the American who held Concacaf's top refereeing post since 2016, and also served as its Director of Refereeing in 2010-2013, is leaving the confederation at the end of this month to take on new projects, Concacaf announced in a press release on Tuesday citing changes to its Refereeing Department.

While Concacaf conducts a recruitment process for a new Head of Refereeing, it has appointed Nicola Rizzoli, formerly Italy's Serie A ref boss, as Technical Refereeing Advisor.

Rizzoli, who has been consulting the Ukraine soccer federation since last November, served Serie A as Head of Refereeing and as a VAR Project Leader in 2017-2021. A Serie A referee in 2001-2017 and center ref of the 2014 World Cup final, he has also been UEFA Referee Panel Member. Concacaf has tasked him, in an advisory capacity, with "playing a key role in assisting the Confederation to revamp its refereeing structures, programs and overall strategy to further develop refereeing in the region, and to elevate its stature globally."

“On behalf of everyone at Concacaf and our Member Associations, I want to thank Brian Hall for his hard work and commitment to Concacaf refereeing over many years,” said Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani. “Brian has demonstrated great dedication to Concacaf refereeing on and off the field. He has played a key role in the development of referees in our region for the best part of the past decade, and prior to that was a hugely successful referee in Major League Soccer and on the FIFA International List. We are sincerely grateful for his service to Concacaf and wish him well for the future."

Hall, who at age 19 assistant-reffed an NASL game and at age 24 became the youngest center ref of an NCAA Division 1 final, was a FIFA referee from 1992 until he hit the mandatory retirement age of 45 in 2007. He reffed at the 2002 World Cup and was MLS Referee of the Year 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He served as U.S. Soccer's Manager of Assessment and Training upon retiring and as PRO's Official Development Manager between his two Concacaf stint.

At Concacaf, Hall trained referees across the region, advocated for the development of women’s refereeing in Concacaf, and led the confederation’s introduction of Video Review. 

3 comments about "Brian Hall leaves post as Concacaf's Director of Refereeing".
  1. R2 Dad, January 25, 2022 at 8:03 p.m.

    It's not Collina, but a step forward?

  2. James Madison, January 26, 2022 at 4:33 p.m.

    They don't get much better than Brian, and CONCACAF officiating has been pretty good.  The move reads as though he's been pushed out.  I wonder why?

  3. Craig Cummings, March 4, 2022 at 9:29 p.m.

    Brian was not only a top FIFA ref but also a top U19 Cal north coach.

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