SEOUL (Sunday, June 23, 2002) - U.S. World Cup referee Brian Hall has been named as the fourth official for the June 26 semifinal match between Brazil and Turkey in Saitama, Japan. Working with Brian Hall in the semifinal will be referee Kim Nielsen from Denmarkn and assistant referees Maciej Wierzbowski (Poland) and Igor Sramka (Slovakia).
After the first 54 matches, Brian Hall was one of just 16 referees and 16 assistant referees named to officiate the final eight matches. Only the final 32 officials will work four matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
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 0-0 draw with 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.
FIFA World Cup Semifinal - Brazil vs. Turkey
Saitama, Japan - June 26, 2002
Referee: Kim Nielsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee #1: Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)
Assistant Referee #2: Igor Sramka (SVK)
Fourth Official: Brian Hall (USA)