Para-Badminton Classifications

Official Para-Badminton Classifications (Impairment groupings)

Para-Badminton, like other para-sports, uses a classification system to ensure that players with a similar level of impairment compete against each other.

The Badminton World Federation recognises six classification groups, as listed below:


Physical Disability Classifications



Classification Name

Typical Examples of Impairment Types



Spinal injury causing impairment to upper limbs/trunk
Multiple Sclerosis


Spinal Injury causing lower impairment to upper limbs/trunk
Spina Bifida
Above knee amputation necessitating use of a wheelchair



Single Above Knee amputation
Double Below Knee amputation
Cerebral Palsy


Single Below Knee amputation
Cerebral Palsy
Hip dysplasia
Leg length difference (of minimum 7cm)


Upper limb amputation
Upper limb impairment – e.g. brachial plexus injury

Short Stature


Short Stature/dwarf condition – e.g. achondraplasia


These classifications are used in all international Para-Badminton play, and all sanctioned Badminton England Para-Badminton tournaments.


For further details on classification, please visit the Badminton World Federation website.


Non-BWF Classification Groups

4 Nations Para-Badminton Series tournaments, and some Badminton England sanctioned Para-Badminton Circuit tournaments, can include a Learning Disability section.

This is open to players with with an IQ of 75 or lower and who have been identified as having a learning disability by a relevant agency or professional.

There is also an international playing pathway for deaf and hearing impaired badminton players. These opportunities are managed by GB Deaf Badminton