As of lunchtime today, my now 13-year-old son has completed all of his educational work to become a certified USSF referee. He's worked a few events in the past two months to give him some game experience with either the manager of referees for his state or me on the sidelines, but now he can move forward fully certified. He and I work a 4v4 event in the area this weekend, and he's already picked up a championship game. Of course, this is a pre-season, intrasquad event where only one club is playing, and it's U-very littles. But it'll still be a fun event for him.