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Brian Hall Named One of World Cup's Final 16 Referees

SEOUL, Korea (Wednesday, June 19, 2002) - U.S. World Cup referee Brian Hall has been named as one of 32 match officials (16 referees and 16 assistant referees) that will work the final eight games of the 2002 World Cup.

After being named as one of the tournament's final 16 referees, Hall was not assigned to work in the quarterfinals, meaning that Hall will be involved in the semifinals, the third-place match or the World Cup Final.  One referee works as the center referee and one works as the fourth official in each game.

Brian Hall has been involved in three group matches in Japan, refereeing two first round matches and serving as the fourth official in another. Hall refereed Italy-Ecuador on June 3, and then worked as the fourth official in the highly anticipated England-Argentina match on June 7. Hall was assigned a third match and worked as the center official in England’s 1-0 win over Nigeria on June 12.

Hall, who is the first U.S.-born official ever selected to referee in the World Cup, has been a Major League Soccer referee since the league’s inception in 1996.  He reached the pinnacle of officiating world in 1992, when, at the age of 31, he was named to U.S. Soccer’s International Panel of FIFA referees. As a FIFA Referee, Hall has traveled to 27 different countries to ply his trade.

Seventy-two officials were selected for the 2002 FIFA World Cup were chosen based on their performance ratings over the past few years. Those 72 referees were evaluated after their first and second round games, and 32 were selected to continue working the elimination phase of the tournament.

The 32 Referees Selected for the Final Eight Matches (16 referees and 16 assistant referees):

Ali Bujsaim (UAE), Coffi Codjia (BEN), Pierluigi Collina (ITA), Hugh Dallas (SCO), Anders Frisk (SWE), Gamal Ghandour (EGY), Brian Hall (USA), Saad Mane (KUW), Urs Meier (SUI), Markus Merk (GER), Felipe Ramos Rizo (MEX), Oscar Ruiz (COL), Mark Shield (AUS), Carlos Simon (BRA), Gilles Veissiere (FRA)

Assistant Referees
Ali Al Traifi (KSA), Evzen Amler (CZE), Frederic Arnault (FRA), Dramane Dante (MLI), Miguel Giacomuzzi (PAR), Visva Krishnan (SIN), Leif Lindberg (SWE), Heiner Muller (GER), Michael Ragoonath (TRI),  Jorge Rattalino (ARG), Mohamed Saeed (MDV), Philip Sharp (ENG), Igor Sramka (SVK), Ali Tomusange (UGA), Hector Vergara (CAN), Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)