Technical Officials

Technical Officials (TOs) are a critical part of the game and the Badminton Ireland is committed to developing and maintaining skilled and well qualified TOs for its domestic events and for the sport at the international level.

The Badminton Ireland is also committed to developing training materials / guidelines for referees, umpires and line judges and ensuring fair and transparent processes of assessment, nomination for major tournaments.

The coordination of TOs issues for the Badminton Ireland is the responsibility of the Events officer support by the Technical Officials Group.

The Referee

The Referee shall be in overall charge of the tournament.  They shall ensue that the tournament is conducted in accordance with the Laws of Badminton, the Rules and Regulations of Badminton Ireland.  They should ensure that the players are given facilities and playing conditions of an adequate standard and safety, approval of the programme of play and practice schedule and overall control of and ensure that there is an adequate panel of technical officials of requisite ability and appropriate international representation


The Umpire has authority over a particular match and shall be in charge of the court and its immediate surrounds.  The Umpire shall ensure the match is conducted in accordance with the Laws of Badminton, the Rules and Regulations of Badminton Ireland.  The Umpire makes rule calls regarding service faults and other player faults or lets.  The Umpire keeps the match score which he or she announces after each point.  The Umpire also keeps a record of any incidents of misconduct and reports them to the Referee.  The Umpires jurisdiction shall exist from entering the court before the match until leaving the court after the match and they shall report to and act under the authority of the Referee.

Line Judge

The linejudge is responsible for a service, side or baseline during a particular match and decides whether the shuttle has landed in or out of court.

Linejudges call the shuttle ‘in’ or ‘out’ using the appropriate verbal call and hand signals.

If they are unsighted they signal to this effect and the Umpire shall make the decision or if no decision can be given a let shall be called.

BWF is in the process of reviewing and re-nominating the BWF Line Judges for the
Cycle 2015 – 2018. Therefore, the Member Associations are requested to put forward nominations to your Continental Confederation. To apply via Badminton Ireland please complete the application form and return by latest 14th October 2014.  Previous duties or planned duties at Badminton Ireland evens will be compulsory in order to consider applciations. 

Technical Officials Levels

Badminton Ireland has three levels of Umpires after which umpires can gain Badminton Europe and Badminton World Federation status.

Local Badminton Ireland

Regional Badminton Ireland

Badminton Ireland has frequent courses at the relevant levels throughout the year. To find the latest dates for the appropriate course please contact the office on