Monday, 22 Jul 2024

BWF News

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is exploring alternative scoring options for the sport, sparking a discussion at the annual Member’s Forum. This marks the first formal debate on the subject since 2006, when BWF introduced the current scoring system. The BWF is committed to advancing badminton across all platforms, from fan engagement to television coverage, live streaming, and player experience at every level.

According to BWF Secretary General, Thomas Lund, “Badminton is a dynamic sport that continues to evolve. As an international federation, we believe it’s the right time to discuss scoring developments with our members.” The discussion aims to introduce new scoring possibilities and initiate dialogue and consultation among members, with the goal of enhancing the sport for future generations.

The scoring system was also a topic of discussion at a players’ meeting organized by the BWF Athletes’ Commission. Lund highlighted the reasons for contemplating a change, emphasizing the importance of player input in deciding whether to retain or modify existing regulations. The potential benefits of a new scoring system include intensifying and adding excitement to matches, as well as reducing their duration, which has become a scheduling challenge.

Peter Tarcala, Chair of the BWF Events Committee, emphasized the need for a standardized scoring system across various badminton leagues worldwide. He expressed the desire for a system with more high points to enhance the overall experience for players and fans alike.

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Players were asked to provide feedback on three alternative scoring systems:

  • Two games of 21 points (current setting) with the third game played to 11 points, requiring a two-point lead and a decisive point at 14-all.
  • Three games of 15 points with the setting at 19.
  • Five games of 9 points with a two-point lead requirement and a decisive point at 12-all.

Following adequate testing at tournaments and consideration of feedback from stakeholders, one of these alternatives may be selected.

Emma Mason, Chair of the BWF Athletes’ Commission, encouraged players to voice their opinions, emphasizing the importance of reaching a consensus that garners widespread support. The transition to a new scoring system should be seamless and beneficial for all involved.


Q: Why is BWF exploring alternative scoring options?

A: The BWF believes it is essential to continually innovate and improve the sport of badminton. Exploring alternative scoring options can enhance the intensity and excitement of matches while addressing challenges such as match duration.

Q: How will the new scoring system be determined?

A: The BWF is gathering feedback from various stakeholders, including players, as they play a vital role in shaping the future of the sport. After thorough testing at tournaments and considering input from all parties, a decision will be made.

Q: What are the potential benefits of a new scoring system?

A: A new scoring system could create more intensity and excitement in matches, improving the overall experience for players and fans. Additionally, it may help reduce match durations, which have been a scheduling challenge.

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The Badminton World Federation’s discussion on alternative scoring systems reflects its commitment to driving innovation and improvement in badminton. By considering the opinions of players and other stakeholders, the BWF aims to create a scoring system that enhances the sport’s appeal and enjoyment for everyone involved. As badminton continues to evolve, this ongoing dialogue will ensure that future generations can experience the sport at its best.

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