There are several benefits of membership to The Referees' Association. It provides a low-cost insurance policy, supplies (kit, uniforms, and equipment), various publications on training and other information, a Benevolent Fund for those members who are in need. Most importantly, through a network of local societies, it encourages discussion on the game not only amongst members, but also with various footballing bodies.
It offers an Annual Conference which is very popular, with various workshops and presentations throughout the day. There are regularly high-profile presenters including FIFA Match Officials, Premier and Football League Referees and Assistant Referees and top representatives from the Football Association (FA). It also organises an ‘Eve-of-Final Rally’ to honour the FA Cup Match Officials and provide an opportunity to meet them on the day before the big game.
Finally, only full members of the RA can participate in the RA-FA incentive scheme, which offers RA kit and equipment in exchange for points gained by refereeing matches and attending various meetings and training sessions.