Technical Officials


If you are interested in becoming a Referee, Umpire or Linejudge, please contact Greg Farrell on 

And if you want to test your Laws of Badminton knowledge, please visit our e-learning platform here


The COG was formed several years ago, to allow all Umpires, Referees & 

Line judges to govern, train and develop the Official side of Badminton.

The COG is made up of representatives from Leinster, Ulster, Connacht and Munster, and umpires from outside Ireland who now work, live or go to our universities.

The COG hold and Annual General Meeting and a committee is elected.   The committee meets throughout the year to discuss events and assess the umpires and referees that need assessments and work in conjunction with the Training Committee and Badminton Ireland to enable these assessments take place. 

The COG work with Badminton Ireland and the Branches to bring an 'Official Presence' to as many events as possible.  The COG is a group of ordinary everyday people who strive to make all Badminton events a pleasant experience for our players.  

The group are always on the lookout for new members, and you can see further down the Website the 'Pathway' for becoming and Umpire. Referee and Line judge and see where it is possible to travel and standard that can be achieved by any individual. 

The COG does have a social side to the group and many a good evening have been had after events, even that cup of coffee on the way home makes being involved in the COG a pleasure.  The COG will always welcome new members and look forward in time to have a substantial number of Umpires, Referees and Line judges to further enhance our group. 


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

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

The coordination of TOs issues for Badminton Ireland is the responsibility of the Volunteer & Events Logistics Manager supported by the Technical Officials Group.


The Referee

The Referee has overall charge of the tournament.  The Referee ensures that the tournament is conducted in accordance with the Laws of Badminton and the Rules and Regulations of Badminton Ireland.  The Referee should ensure that the players are provided with safe facilities and playing conditions of an adequate standard. The Referee is also responsible for the approval of the programme of play and practice schedule.   He/She should also ensure there is an adequate panel of technical officials of requisite ability and appropriate international representation.





The Umpire has authority over a particular match and is in charge of the court and its immediate surroundings. The Umpire should ensure the match is conducted in accordance with the Laws of Badminton and 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 Umpire’s jurisdiction applies from entering the court before the match until leaving the court after the match.  An Umpire reports to and acts under the authority of the Referee.


Line Judge

The Line Judge is responsible for a service, side or baseline during a particular match and decides whether the shuttle has landed in or out of court. Line Judges 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 makes the decision or if no decision can be given a let is called. 



Online Line Judge Course Part 1 Theory

Where: Zoom

When: Wednesday 27th October

Time: 8pm

Course Duration: Approx 2hrs



Line Judge Part 2  Practical

Where: Dublin tbc

When: November 6th

Time: tbc

Course Duration: Approx 2hrs