Referee Team

TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018

Referee Team

Indonesia Open 2017

Referee Team

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Referees

Role

The referee is overall in charge of the tournament ensuring that the tournament is conducted in accordance with the Laws of Badminton, the rules and regulations of the BWF and any other regulations pertinent to the specific tournament.

The referee ensures that the players are given facilities (including practice facilities) and playing conditions of an appropriate standard and safety, approval of the programme of play and practice schedule, ensuring the transport setup will meet the needs of the events and the overall monitoring of matters related to the fair and proper conduct the tournament for the players.

The referee shall also ensure that there is an adequate panel of technical officials of requisite ability and appropriate international representation.


Levels

The BWF has two levels of referees – BWF Accredited and BWF Certificated, which is the highest level in refereeing.

 

Referee Assignments

The BWF appoints referees for the following:

  • Olympic Games
  • Youth Olympic Games
  • Grade 1 Tournaments
    •        BWF World Championships
    •        Thomas Cup (BWF World Men’s Team Championships)
    •        Uber Cup (BWF World Women’s Team Championships)
    •        Sudirman Cup (BWF World Team Championships)
    •        Suhandinata Cup (BWF World Junior Team Championships)
    •        Eye Level Cups (BWF World Junior Championships)
    •        BWF World Senior Championships
  • Grade 2 – Level 1 Tournaments (HSBC BWF World Tour Finals).
  • Grade 2 – Level 2 (HSBC BWF World Tour – Super 1000)
  • Grade 2 – Level 3 (HSBC BWF World Tour – Super 750)
  • Grade 2 – Level 4 (HSBC BWF World Tour – Super 500)
  • Grade 2 – Level 5 (HSBC BWF World Tour – Super 300)
  • Grade 2 – Level 6 (BWF Tour – Super 100)

 

The host country appoints referees for Grade 3 Continental Level tournaments (International Challenge, International Series and Future Series).

BWF appoints referees to multi-sport games upon request by the host organiser.

 

Referee Training and Assessment

National Badminton Associations train, develop and assess referees to the highest national level for their top national tournaments. Referees who are at a sufficient level and experience may then be assessed to become accredited or certificated at the continent level.

Training and development opportunities and assessment are provided at the continental level. The BWF and/or Continental Confederations run referee training courses and seminars to ensure referees have the requisite knowledge to officiate at the highest international levels.

BWF Referee Assessors are responsible for the assessment of referees to be upgraded to the BWF Accredited and Certificated levels, the appraisals of current BWF Referees, as well as helping lead the respective education and mentoring programmes of these referees.

 

Resources and Downloads

The following additional resources can be downloaded from the drop-down icon above:

  • BWF Referee Report Template
  • Draw Management Document for BWF Referees
  • BWF Certificated Referees
  • BWF Accredited Referees
  • Referees’ Assessment Panel
  • Belgium Belgium

    Ronny De Vos

    Retires: 2019

  • South Africa South Africa

    Gretha Prinsloo

    Retires: 2019

  • Thailand Thailand

    Nahathai Sornprachum

    Retires: 2020

  • Czech Republic Czech Republic

    Mojmir Hnilica

    Retires: 2020

  • Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei

    David Chang

    Retires: 2020

  • Canada Canada

    Yves Cote

    Retires: 2022

  • Hong Kong China Hong Kong China

    Dennis Li

    Retires: 2025

  • Bulgaria Bulgaria

    Pencho Stoynov

    Retires: 2028

  • France France

    Eric Lissillour

    Retires: 2028

  • India India

    Girish Natu

    Retires: 2029

  • Germany Germany

    Carsten Koch

    Retires: 2031

  • New Zealand New Zealand

    Lynne Nixey

    Retires: 2032

  • Iraq Iraq

    Ahmad Azad Pahlavan

    Retires: 2019

  • Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

    Ajith Wijayasinghe

    Retires: 2019

  • Portugal Portugal

    Susana Maldonado

    Retires: 2019

  • Mauritius Mauritius

    J T Ponambalum

    Retires: 2021

  • Austria Austria

    Ewald Cejnek

    Retires: 2021

  • Netherlands Netherlands

    Marcel Schormans

    Retires: 2022

  • Peru Peru

    Federico Valdez

    Retires: 2022

  • Australia Australia

    Yogen Bhatnagar

    Retires: 2022

  • Cuba Cuba

    Enrique Charadan

    Retires: 2022

  • Netherlands Netherlands

    Erik Ligtvoet

    Retires: 2022

  • Austria Austria

    Michael Nemec

    Retires: 2023

  • Switzerland Switzerland

    Barbara Fryer

    Retires: 2023

  • Canada Canada

    Jeff Bell

    Retires: 2024

  • Malaysia Malaysia

    Lin Na Yau

    Retires: 2025

  • Malaysia Malaysia

    Lui Wan Swee

    Retires: 2025

  • Hong Kong China Hong Kong China

    Chau Yat Kwong

    Retires: 2026

  • Switzerland Switzerland

    Monique Bastien

    Retires: 2026

  • Belgium Belgium

    Julien Nys

    Retires: 2027

  • China China

    Liu Qian

    Retires: 2028

  • China China

    Zheng Sanliang

    Retires: 2029

  • Philippines Philippines

    Teodulfo Villaflor

    Retires: 2029

  • Bahrain Bahrain

    Ashley Raju George

    Retires: 2029

  • Thailand Thailand

    Surasak Songvarakulpan

    Retires: 2030

  • England England

    Ian Ross

    Retires: 2030

  • New Zealand New Zealand

    Julie Carrel

    Retires: 2030

  • South Africa South Africa

    Karin Bester

    Retires: 2030

  • Croatia Croatia

    Ivanka Pokorni

    Retires: 2031

  • Iran Iran

    Zahra Haghnejad Rahmati

    Retires: 2031

  • USA USA

    Chris Lawrence

    Retires: 2033

  • Brazil Brazil

    Shirly Gabay

    Retires: 2033

  • Mauritius Mauritius

    Diraj Gooneeadry

    Retires: 2034

  • Italy Italy

    Cleopatra Monco

    Retires: 2035

  • Spain Spain

    Carmen Martinez

    Retires: 2039

  • Cyprus Cyprus

    Nicos Vladimirou

    Retires: 2039

  • Slovenia Slovenia

    Jozef Kuprivec

    Retires: 2040

  • Estonia Estonia

    Artur Zaluzhonoi

    Retires: 2041

  • Indonesia Indonesia

    Juniarto Suhandinata

    Retires: 2019

  • Australia Australia

    Jane Wheatley

    Retires: 2020

  • Malaysia Malaysia

    Chua Soo Hock

    Retires: 2020

  • Denmark Denmark

    Torsten Berg

    Retires: 2021

  • France France

    Ernest Robinson

    Retires: 2021