Become an official

Specialised roles

Officials roles are among the most important positions when planning badminton events as they are specialised roles filled by qualified volunteers.

Badminton events of all sizes – be it a local circuit tournament, county competition or even one of our major events – on a national and international level, require a team of officials.

This team will typically be made up of:

Match Referees


Line judges

Tournament Organisers

Find out more about the ways to qualify to become a badminton official and start your journey on a pathway that you could end up taking you around the world.

Officials pathway

Find out which role might be right for you with our officials pathway guide.

Line judges

Visit the Badminton Line Judge Association for more information on how to get qualified to make line calls under pressure.


Click to find our more about becoming an umpire at the Badminton Umpires Association of England website.

Tournament / match referees

To find out more about becoming a tournament / match referee please contact the Competition Team – Existing referees, looking for the Referees Report, please click the link button below.

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Playing badminton in one of our partner venues

With over 22,000 courts across England, we work with a wide range of national and local providers to offer more chances for everyone to play badminton in their area. Whether it’s organised court time for children or adults, hiring a court to play against friends or compete in local tournaments, you can find out how to get involved through our partner links below.

Better - The Feel Good Place | Badminton England
Everyone Active | Badminton England
Freedom Leisure | Badminton England
Fusion | Badminton England
Parkwood Leisure | Badminton England
Places Leisure | Badminton England

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