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The umpire has authority over a particular match and in charge of the court and its immediate surroundings. It is the responsibility of the umpire to ensure that the matches assigned to them abide by the laws, code of conducts and rules and regulations of the BWF.

The role also involves keeping track of the score and announcing in between each point, along with making calls on service faults, other player faults and lets. Any incidents must also be noted by the umpire and reported to the referee. The umpires jurisdiction exists from the time that players enter the court before starting to the match until the time that they leave once the match is complete.The umpire reports to and acts under the authority of the referee.


  • Jiten Bhatt (AUS)
  • Trish Gubb (NZL)
  • Sidney Galos (NZL)
  • Kelvin Tsui (NZL)
  • Greg Vellacott (AUS)
  • David Turner (AUS)
  • Kelly Hoare (AUS)
  • Jean-Philippe Berges (NCL)
  • David Turner (AUS)
  • Richard Bramley (NZL)
  • Susan Taylor (AUS)
  • Joshua Ho (AUS)
  • Cynthia Tam (AUS)
  • Sheehan Lim (AUS)
  • Pauline Dobson (AUS)
  • Bikash Mukherjee (NZ)
  • Laurent DeGeoffroy (NCL)
  • Richard Wong (AUS)
  • Kathryn Blencowe (AUS)
  • Ravi Nandan (AUS)
  • Simon Lin (NZL)
  • Greg Busch (NZL)
  • Kenny Yew (AUS)
  • Vic Kim (NZL)
  • Holly Cho (NZL)
  • David Turner (AUS)
  • Greg Vellacott (AUS)
  • Susan Taylor (AUS)
  • Kelly Hoare (AUS)
  • Richard Bramley (NZL)
  • Trish Gubb (NZL)
  • Jiten Bhatt (AUS)
  • Nicolas Mouret (TAH)
  • Taurea Mara (TAH)
  • Sione Vainikolo (TGA)
  • Joel Reti (SAM)
  • Cherish Reti (SAM)
  • Eliapo Eliapo (SAM)
  • Andrew Ikenasio (SAM)
  • May Keil (SAM)
  • Terry Pea (SAM)
  • Chris Reti (SAM)
  • Fafofoga Reti (SAM)
  • Sam Samuelu (SAM)
  • Agnes Bourdelois (NCL)
  • Merinda Herlin (NCL)
  • Johanna Kou (NCL)
  • Jean Claude Yagues (NCL)
  • Jerome Katjawan (NCL)
  • Heimana Tavita (NCL)
  • Ryan Nagle (NCL)
  • Lisa Herlin (NCL)
  • Carl N’Guela (NCL)
  • Ahkim Tikiroa (COK)
  • Daniel Akavi (COK)
  • Danny Simpson (COK)
  • Emanuela Mataio (COK)
  • Hebrew Tom (COK)
  • Jean Akavi (COK)
  • Kaiyin Mataio (COK)
  • Makiroa Mataio (COK)
  • Manea Maretapu (COK)
  • Tereapii Akavi (COK)
  • Tinomana Naea (COK)
  • Heirani Taupo (TAH)
  • Joanne Tasa Adrian (SOL)
  • Ericka Santiago (NMI)
  • Arriane Marica Antonio (NMI)
  • Christy Villaflor (NMI)


To be accepted for assessment as an Oceania Umpire, the following criteria will apply:

  • Accredited Umpire – candidate must be a Certificated level National or Pacific Umpire and have held that qualification for a minimum of two years. All nominees must have met their National/Pacific TOC criteria for that Level in the previous 12 months. Understand and speak English fluently.
  • Certificated Umpire – candidate must be an accredited level Oceania Umpire and have held that qualification for a minimum of two years.  All nominees must have met both their National/Pacific TOC and the Oceania criteria for that level in the previous 12 months.  Understand and speak English fluently.


BWF Umpires' Manual Level One

BWF Umpires’ Manual Level One

BWF Umpires' Manual Level Two

BWF Umpires’ Manual Level Two

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BWF Umpires’ Guide to Inclusive Events


BWF Umpires’ manuals are complemented by free educational video clips, offering helpful examples related to the most common on-court situations. The Level one videos are also available in French and Spanish.

Level One
Level Two