Referees

Referees are responsible for the overall aspects of a tournament, including adherence to the Laws of Badminton and other regulations.

Similarly to umpires, referees generally begin their training within the national context.  Promising national referees may be invited to move up to the continental level.  Based on their performance at the continental level, they may be recommended for advancement to the BWF level.

There will be two levels of BWF Referees’ Manuals to support training processes:

  • Level 1 will be aimed at preparing candidates up to the national level.
  • Level 2 will be aimed at preparing candidates up to the continental level.

The Level 1 Referees’ Manual, to be released in late 2018, will initially be available in English, and later in French and Spanish.  The Level 2 Referees’ Manual will be released in 2019.  It is important to point out that at the continental and BWF levels, training and evaluation is carried out in English.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a referee, please contact your national federation to find out about opportunities and training.