I started refereeing soccer in 2004. It doesn’t really feel like that long ago, which is sort of scary. Following my most recent regional level match, our assessor told the other referees that they should look at me as the “senior referee” and do the things that I do. That is extremely strange to me. Another example of this is when a 30 year old girl tells you that you have a pretty cool (48 year old) dad. That is sort of strange and cool at the same time..weird.
This is a great article on how incredibly fit the FIFA international soccer referees are. Most people don’t realize that refs run much farther than any player does during the game. The stress and physical requirements necessary to perform well before and during matches are extremely difficult to deal with.
This weekend I was on the field at 6:30am Saturday and Sunday. Saturday I didn’t leave until 6:30, and Sunday I got to leave at 2:00. It was 100% humidity and over 90° each day. Talk about pain, sunburn, dehydration, and exhaustion. I made it though. Being home is good. Work in the morning. I saw an Amish referee. He had a large beard.