BRIAN HALLIDAY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Brian Halliday was the manager of Queen's University, Belfast soccer team in the 1970's in Belfast N.Ireland,the manager of Cliftonvile F.C. and Larne F.C. in the Irish League during the late 1970's and early 1980's before immigrating to the United States and working for the California Sunshine in the American Soccer League (ASL) and the San Diego Sockers and Tulsa Roughnecks in the North American Soccer League(NASL).
During the height of 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland, Brian was an unwavering proponent of non-partisan, non-political, non-prejudice involvement of youth soccer players participating in "The Beautiful Game".
He was innovative and creative in many areas of the game in Northern Ireland but his true love was developing youth soccer players to make the 'first team'.
His enthusiasm and spirit to promote the game was unmatched. His integrity and honesty were always at the forefront of his decision making. We -- at the San Diego Presidents' Cup -- are honored to present one boy and one girl from our U14 teams in the Platinum Level an individual award to the player who personifies the traits of integrity,good sport, and fair play the 'Brian Halliday Sportsmanship Award'.
This award will be presented at the conclusion of each U14 Platinum final to the player who has excelled throughout the San Diego Presidents' Cup weekend to honor Brian and his contribution to youth soccer.