Referee Team

Thomas / Uber Cups, Delhi India - 2014

Referee Team

Surdirman Cup 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Referees

Role

The referee is overall in charge of the tournament competition 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 competition.

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 – the highest level.

Referee Nomination Process

The BWF nominates referees for all major international events including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Thomas Cup, Uber Cup, Sudirman Cup, Super Series and Grand Prix Events.

Generally nominations are approved six months in advance, however in some cases, like with the Olympic Games, the appointments are made up to two years before the event.

Nomination Process – Stages

  • In consultation with the Continental Confederations, the Technical Officials Commission drafts the referees nomination list for the whole year and submits this to the Events Committee for approval;
  • The Events Committee reviews and approves the referees nomination list;
  • The referees nomination list is circulated to the Council;
  • The Council approves the final nomination list;
  • Invitations are issued to referees and these are copied into the relevant Continental Confederations and Member Associations.

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 internationally (BWF or  Continental) Accredited or Certificated.

Training and development opportunities and assessment are provided at the Confederation level. The BWF and/or Continental Confederations run Referees Training Courses and Seminars to ensure Referees have the requisite knowledge to officiate at international events and the Continental and World levels.

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

  • BWF Certificated Referees
  • BWF Accredited Referees
  • Referees’ Assessment Panel
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong

    Dennis Li

    Retires: 2025

  • Thailand Thailand

    Nahathai Sornprachum

    Retires: 2020

  • Czech Republic Czech Republic

    Mojmir Hnilica

    Retires: 2020

  • Belgium Belgium

    Ronny De Vos

    Retires: 2019

  • Germany Germany

    Carsten Koch

    Retires: 2031

  • Bulgaria Bulgaria

    Pencho Stoynov

    Retires: 2028

  • South Africa South Africa

    Gretha Prinsloo

    Retires: 2019

  • Malaysia Malaysia

    Anthony Linggian

    Retires: 2017

  • Singapore Singapore

    Phillip Lee Tiong Seng

    Retires: 2017

  • Iraq Iraq

    Ahmad Azad Pahlavan

    Retires: 2019

  • Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

    Ajith Wijayasinghe

    Retires: 2019

  • Hong Kong Hong Kong

    Chau Yat Kwong

    Retires: 2026

  • Thailand Thailand

    Surasak Songvarakulpan

    Retires: 2030

  • Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei

    David Chang

    Retires: 2020

  • India India

    Girish Natu

    Retires: 2029

  • Austria Austria

    Michael Nemec

    Retires: 2023

  • Croatia Croatia

    Ivanka Pokorni

    Retires: 2031

  • England England

    Ian Ross

    Retires: 2030

  • France France

    Eric Lissillour

    Retires: 2028

  • Switzerland Switzerland

    Monique Bastien

    Retires: 2026

  • Netherlands Netherlands

    Marcel Schormans

    Retires: 2022

  • Peru Peru

    Federico Valdez

    Retires: 2022

  • Canada Canada

    Yves Cote

    Retires: 2022

  • Canada Canada

    Jeff Bell

    Retires: 2024

  • U.S.A. U.S.A.

    Chris Lawrence

    Retires: 2033

  • New Zealand New Zealand

    Lynne Nixey

    Retires: 2032

  • Mauritius Mauritius

    J.T. Ponambalum

    Retires: 2021

  • Mauritius Mauritius

    Hassenkhan Hyderkhan

    Retires: 2018

  • Cyprus Cyprus

    Nicos Vladimirou

    Retires: 2039

  • Australia Australia

    Yogen Bhatnagar

    Retires: 2022

  • Switzerland Switzerland

    Barbara Fryer

    Retires: 2023

  • Cuba Cuba

    Enrique Charadan

    Retires: 2022

  • New Zealand New Zealand

    Julie Carrel

    Retires: 2030

  • Czech Republic Czech Republic

    Ivan Skacha

    Retires: 2024

  • Portugal Portugal

    Susana Maldonado

    Retires: 2019

  • China China

    Liu Qian

    Retires: 2028

  • Brazil Brazil

    Shirly Gabay

    Retires: 2033

  • Austria Austria

    Ewald CEJNEK

    Retires: 2021

  • Iran Iran

    Zahra Haghnejad Rahmati

    Retires: 2031

  • France France

    Isabelle Jobard

    Retires: 2018

  • Malaysia Malaysia

    Chua Soo Hock

    Retires: 2020

  • Indonesia Indonesia

    Juniarto Suhandinata

    Retires: 2018

  • Denmark Denmark

    Torsten Berg

    Retires: 2018

  • Australia Australia

    Jane Wheatley

    Retires: 2020

  • France France

    Ernest Robinson

    Retires: 2018