Brian Hall played his first soccer games in the nets as a goalkeeper in the American Youth Soccer Organization and at 14, became a member of the first AYSO PRO program (Player Referee Organization). Thus began his soccer officiating career, which has taken him around the world.
Brian was the youngest referee, at age 24, to officiate an NCAA Division 1 men’s final and he also officiated the longest NCAA men’s final ever, which went eight overtime periods!
He has been an MLS referee since the league’s inception in 1996 and was honored as MLS Referee of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
Brian reached the height of the officiating world in 1992 when, at age 31, he became a FIFA referee. As a FIFA referee, he has officiated in 27 different countries (Note: this was as of 2002).
Brian has the distinction of being the first United States-born official appointed by FIFA to referee in a World Cup
- From the 204 national associations belonging to FIFA at that time, only 36 referees were selected for the 2002 World Cup
- No more than one referee was selected from a national association
- Chosen by FIFA’s referee committee as one of the best referees in the tournament, he was one of 16 referees (along with Pierluigi Collina of Italy) selected for final round, a first for a U.S. referee
FIFA World Cup 2002 (Korea/Japan)
- Refereed Italy-Ecuador
- Refereed England-Argentina
- Fourth official England-Nigeria
- Fourth official Brazil-Turkey
Brian retired from FIFA’s International Panel of Referees in 2007, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 45. In 2004 Brian was inducted into the NISOA branch of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame. He has been a frequent guest presenter at AYSO’s events and AYSO counts him as among their most distinguished alumni.
Jack F. Sullivan was a soccer pioneer in the State of Hawaii and has been promoting the sport since 1974. Often referred to as "Mr. Soccer", his involvement in Hawaii is not limited to the American Youth Soccer Organization, but includes every facet of Hawaii soccer – youth, high school, collegiate, amateur and professional. He has volunteered his time over the years as a coach for youth and adults and as an administrator, a publicist and radio announcer promoting soccer and still is the #1 fan of the sport in Hawaii!
In 1974, Peter and Jackie Chaffey began organizing soccer through AYSO. Jack was introduced to its philosophies of "Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration and Positive Coaching" and immediately recognized that AYSO would benefit the children in the community. He contacted the Chaffeys and arranged fields for practices and games. Through their combined efforts, AYSO in Hawaii was born.
Jack is primarily responsible for the growth of soccer in Hawaii. The first year of AYSO fielded about 225 boys and over the years has grown to nearly 20,000 boys and girls. Through his efforts and support, there are over 100 varsity soccer programs in Hawaii today. Jack co-founded the Hawaii Collegiate Soccer League and purposely joined the Honolulu Quarterback Club to promote the sport. For over two decades, Jack reported each week on soccer happenings throughout the state. The audience was mostly sports enthusiasts, but also included television, radio and print media reporters. He later served as the President of the Club and maintains life membership.
Jack was inducted into Hawaii’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the United States Adult Soccer Association Region 4 Hall of Fame Member in 2006. Jack’s volunteer philosophy; "I am only one, but I am one; I will not let what I cannot do keep me from doing what I can do to make this a better place, at least for one other person".
Jack F. Sullivan, a soccer pioneer in the State of Hawaii, has been promoting the sport for over 33 years, since 1974. In Hawaii, he is often referred to as "Mr. Soccer". His involvement in the sport of soccer in Hawaii is not limited only as an American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) volunteer, but includes every facet of Hawaii soccer; at the youth, high school, collegiate, amateur and professional level. He has volunteered his time over the years as a coach for youths and adults; an administrator, a publicist, a radio announcer promoting soccer and being the #1 fan of the sport in Hawaii.
Prior to 1974, Jack had never seen a soccer game in his life. He was a coach and board member for Little League baseball and organized a baseball program at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) in Kailua, Hawaii. Jack had been volunteering his time at HYCF for over ten years working to help rehabilitate troubled youth’s through baseball. His baseball teams held practices and games within the barbed wire facility, which housed both boys and girls.
In 1974, Peter and Jackie Chaffey started to organize the sport of soccer through the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). Jack heard about AYSO and was introduced to the AYSO philosophies of "Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration and Positive Coaching. He immediately recognized the AYSO program would not only benefit the children in the community, but also the resident youth in HYCF.
Jack Sullivan contacted the Chaffey’s and found out they were having trouble securing fields, since existing ball fields were in short supply and was not available for a new sport, let alone a "foreign" one. Jack arranged with the Superintendent of HYCF to use the facility fields for practices and games for AYSO. In turn Jack promised to teach the sport to the residents of the facility. Through his efforts, AYSO in Hawaii was born. The first year of AYSO in Hawaii fielded 15 teams of about 225 boys and over the years has grown to nearly 20,000 boys and girls.
Jack Sullivan, a baseball enthusiast, was now hooked on the game of soccer. Over the years, Jack has served as an AYSO regional board member, area director and coach volunteer. He came to find that the sport is based on the prerequisites for life, which are discipline and conditioning. What better tools for helping young people grow into meaningful members of the community? He also found that, "for the good of the game" soccer slogan really was how good the game was for the whole community. He saw the worth in the sport of soccer not only for the children in the communities, but also the worth for those in correctional facilities, to help them grow in a healthy environment and later in the healthy growth of the amateur women and men of all ages.
Jack Sullivan is primarily responsible for the growth of soccer in Hawaii. Through his efforts and support of the sport, there are over 100 varsity soccer programs (boys and girls) in Hawaii today. Jack co-founded the Hawaii Collegiate Soccer League, which today has grown to nine (9) Division II teams, and the University of Hawaii Division I women’s soccer team.
In 1989, an article on "Ten Who Win in Sports –Movers and Shakers in Sports", the sports writer commented; "At least part of the sport’s (soccer) continuing growth in popularity is due to Jack Sullivan’s incessant promotional activities". He purposely joined the Honolulu Quarterback Club to promote the sport. For over two decades, Jack reported each week on soccer happenings throughout the state. The audience was mostly sports enthusiasts, but also included television, radio and print media reporters. He later served as the President of the Club and maintains life membership. He has nominated numerous soccer player, coaches and administrators for the "Sports Person of the Month and Year" awards. He was awarded the club’s Neal S. Blaisdell and the Scott Schuman awards for his continual activity in the name of the sport of soccer.
Jack Sullivan was inducted into Hawaii’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Jack’s volunteer philosophy; "I am only one, but I am one; I will not let what I cannot do keep me from doing what I can do to make this a better place, at least for one other person".
Sports and Volunteer Accomplishments:
- Hall of Fame Member, United States Adult Soccer Association Region 4 - 2006
- Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame Member, Soccer Pioneer - 2004
- Thomas Jefferson Award (two time winner) – 1990, 2006
- Soccer Coach, HYCF – Indoor Program (present)
- Council member, United States Soccer Federation, USSF
- Board Member, Treasurer, Hawaii Soccer Association
- Member, United States Olympic Committee, USOC, Hawaii
- Founding and present committee member, UH Rainbow Wahine Soccer team (P)
- Hawaii High School Athletic Association, Publicity Committee, Soccer Program,
- Sportswriter, Uncle Jack’s Soccer Corner for Sports Hawaii(P)
- Board member, Hawaii Pacific Sports Foundation
- Member, Mayor’s Sports Industry Task Force (P)
- Member, National Soccer Coaches Association (P)
- Member & Past President, Honolulu Quarterback Club
- Member & Past President, National Association of Accountants
- Member & Past President, Olomana Community Association
- Vice Chairman World Cup Hawaii Venue Committee
- First President and founding member, Hawaii Collegiate Soccer League
- Coach, American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
- Treasurer, Board Member, AYSO Windward Region #100
- Member, State of Hawaii AYSO Committee
- State Area Director, AYSO
- Coach and Board Member, Hawaii Youth Soccer Association (HYSA)
- Founding Coach, Maryknoll High School Girls Soccer
- Coach, ILH Pac-5 Boys JV Soccer
- Coach, Women’s Island Soccer Association (WISA)
- Coach, Honolulu (Bulls) Soccer Club
- Board Member, Hawaii Soccer Association
- Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service, Volunteer Service Bureau, 1972
- Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service, Volunteer Service Bureau, 1973
- Scotty Schuman Award, Honolulu Quarterback Club, 1978
- Neal Shaw Blaisdell Award, Honolulu Quarterback Club, 1988
- Honolulu Advertiser Sports Mover & Shaker, 1989