While not my first tournament I ever refereed in (this was the Framingham United Memorial Day Tournament), it is certainly unparalleled among showcase tournaments, and one that I love to work at.
Don't believe me, let the 2012 numbers speak for themselves:
- 774 Teams participated
- Over 500 referees from all parts of the United States from California to Maine and international referees from Canada, Australia, and England.
- Needham is now second largest tournament in United States with US cup being first.
- Over 84 soccer fields were used from Braintree to Lancaster, Massachusetts.
- There were over 40 mentors throughout the tournament to help develop referees.
- Specialized ladies tournament academy was held second year in a row.
What an amazing effort.
If you are a young referee looking to do some quality matches next year at Memorial Day, I would strongly consider seeking out this tournament. It is simply one of the best in the country.