BFN Guidelines


  1. A Player with a Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) Identity Card number seeking transfer must seek approval through a written application to Badminton Federation of Nigeria duly accompanied with a “transfer form”.
  2. When a player is seeking transfer or registering with a State, such a player must be guided by the “Term restriction” and “Player Transfer Cycle” both of which would be provided by the Badminton Federation of Nigeria periodically.
  3. The player’s application must pass through the Chairman of the State Association.
  4. The onus is on the player and their handlers to ensure that any information provided is correct, as any incorrect information provided at the time of the application will be visited with appropriate disciplinary action as contained in player’s code of conduct.
  5. Any player under disciplinary action will not be eligible for transfer.
  6. All rules and procedures of Badminton Federation of Nigeria shall be deemed as rules governing such movement of players.
  7. Any player who fails to follow this process will not be allowed to take part in Badminton Federation of Nigeria sanctioned tournament or event.
  8. A player registered with the Federation under a particular State Association remains their player for at least one Transfer Cycle (a period of 2 years), after which he/she is at liberty to transfer to any other state upon fulfilling the transfer requirements, and as such a player signed under a state will not be allowed to represent another state in any BFN sanctioned event.
  9. Players serving with Military and Para-military agencies would be expected to register with their State of service or of their choice. However in the event of a transfer of service to a new state outside the transfer window, players must notify the BFN with confirmation from their agency of such transfer before they can register with the new state if they so wish.
  10. A Transfer Window shall be for a period of One (1) Month after which the Transfer Cycle begins for a period of Two (2) years.
  11. The current Transfer window ends on the 31st of January 2018, and the Transfer Cycle begins on the 1st of February 2018.
  12. The Player Transfer window and transfer cycle restriction both of which are spelt out above must guide every registered player’s transfer.
  13. Any player that wishes to represent a different State at the beginning of the new transfer cycle must obtain a release certificate from the State Badminton Association.
  14. Any violation of these rules will be regarded as a breach of the Code of Conduct and treated accordingly.


  1. All applications for sponsorship of players for international events must be routed through the State Association Chairman and the Director of Sports of the State.
  2. The Chairman will also produce a letter of good conduct in respect of the player(s).
  3. Where an individual intends to sponsor a player, the State Association must confirm to the Badminton Federation of Nigeria the sponsor’s financial wherewithal to bear the cost of sponsorship.
  4. Where a State Government intends to sponsor some of its players, it will be on a condition that it sponsors additional players as selected by the Badminton Federation of Nigeria to complete the team.
  5. The State Association must ensure that the player(s) has the ability to do the Country proud where ranking of players is yet to be determined, but where effective ranking exist must be a player within the top twenty ranking bracket for men and women or as determined by the Board.
  6. The player must be medically fit (certified by a Government Hospital) and this must be followed with a confirmation from the State Association.
  7. The player must be presented and screened by Badminton Federation of Nigeria.
  8. Where a player entered for an international tournament withdraws or is unable to attend as a result of the sponsor’s default, the State Association shall be responsible for the penalty for withdrawal or non-attendance.


The following document is designed to stipulate the conditions that need to be met by competition organizers that wish to host any of the National and Age-Grade Championships; or have their events sanctioned by the Badminton Federation of Nigeria. Each competition is unique, and therefore this is only an administrative guideline and planning tool that will be modified to meet the particular needs of each event.

  1. TERMINOLOGIES : The following list of abbreviation will be used in this document
    • BFN Badminton Federation of Nigeria
    • BWF Badminton World Federation
    • GCR General Competition Rules
    • HC  (Host Club)
    • HA  (Host Association)
    • LOC Local Organizing Committee
  1. GOALS: BFN plans to host competitions of the highest global standards for the following reasons:
    • To give our players the opportunity to participate in competitions regularly
    • To have a basis for ranking of our players
    • To discover and nurture new talents to replace the aging crop of players
    • To promote badminton at all levels
    • To provide avenue to train umpires and coaches
    • To generate revenue for the Federation.
    • Annual BFN Tournaments – This category refers to annual national tournaments which include: I) National Championships ii) National Age-grade Championships iii) National Badminton Festival
    • National Championship – This would require States registering a stipulated number of active players that would compete in the various events.
    • National Age-Grade Championships – This is a competition for younger players competing in the different age grade groups.
    • National Badminton Festival – This is a competition that would require clubs registering players to compete in both the active and veteran categories
    • Special Events – These are events sanctioned by BFN that are organized by clubs, Associations, corporate bodies or individuals. Events in this category are organized in collaboration with the Federation.
  1. BFN BADMINTON CALENDAR DOCUMENT: The Federation will at the beginning of each year collate and publish all events that will hold within the calendar year. This will contain the following:
    • Listing of proposed dates for National Championships the Federation plans to organize
    • Listing of proposed dates for Age-Grade competitions that the Federation plans to organize.
    • Listing of proposed dates for international competitions, courses, seminars and other activities the Federation will collaborate or partner with others
    • The Board reserves the right to determine the host for events without going through a public bid process. The determination of the location of any event is a BFN operational decision.
    • Bids to host BFN events should be submitted directly to the Federation secretariat. All other things being equal, preference will be given to bids submitted with evidence of State commitment and support.
    • Annual BFN Tournaments – Bids for these events can be made up to 1year in advance of the desired date for the event, but no less than 2 months. The timing of the decision on granting the event to the host is dependent on fulfilment of BFN requirements.
    • At the minimum, all bids must contain the following information:
      • Contact details for the Host Committee Chairman or main contact person
      • Venue specification and location (indicating number of courts and estimated sitting capacity for spectators)
      • Proposed accommodation provision
      • Proposed prize money and prizes
      • Budget projection
      • Transportation arrangement
      • Desired dates of the tournament
      • Other activities to be run in conjunction with the event
      • Any other pertinent information (government support, sponsors etc).
      • Shuttlecocks
      • In addition to the above, Host Committee must commit to provide the following:
        • Excellent court lighting
        • Changing room/Toilet facility
        • BWF approved post
        • Very good dark net
        • Public Address System
        • Players baskets on court
        • Court mop
        • Waste bin around the hall facility
        • Adequate parking facility
        • Medical arrangement
        • Security
    • No event will be officially granted to a host unless an event agreement contract between BFN and the Host is signed
    • In general, all national events will remain under the ultimate authority of BFN. No HA or HC will be granted an event without agreeing to have BFN representatives in the LOC.
    • The terms of the contract will be dependent on the specific event in question, but will cover (at the minimum) the following items:

      • Financial arrangement. BFN’s goal for all national events is to limit financial risk for the HA, HC and BFN, while maximizing the potential returns to both parties.
      • The roles and responsibility of all parties involved in the hosting of the event.
      • The rights associated with naming rights, sponsorship, media rights, etc. BFN will retain the right to be a signatory party on all contracts related to any of such events.
      • Host Obligations: The HA or HC will be required to ensure that all BFN regulations for the events are adhered to. The specific requirements will be outlined in each contract.
      • The laws of Nigeria will govern all contracts between BFN and the Host. As BFN in some cases may have to sign contracts with any international badminton body, portions of the agreement may be subject to foreign laws as well.
      • The Host will be expected to provide a report at the conclusion of the event.
      • The Host will not be allowed to assign any of its rights or obligations to another party without the express written consent of BFN.
  2. The number of entries allowed for tournaments would be determined by the duration of tournaments (number of days) and the number of available courts. This will help the organizers plan the program of events and maintain the schedule. Though there is no restriction for the duration of a badminton match however, on the average, a professional match of 21point lasts around 20-30minutes. A set of 3 games may therefore last for between 60-90minutes on the average. Using these statistics, organizers can estimate the maximum number of games that can be played on each court in a day.


  1. Each player will fill and submit a registration form duly signed by his State Association Chairman.
  2. The State Association Chairman will pass same to the Secretary General of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria.
  3. The technical sub-committee will do the screening of the players.
  4. A report of this will be presented to the Badminton Federation of Nigeria Board for approval after which they will be allocated player Identity Card.
  5. A non-refundable annual registration fee of N2,000.00 will be paid by the players to cover identification cards and insurance.
  6. Note: In an event a situation arises, and it is not provided for in this document, the Technical Committee with the approval of the Board would review the matter, and any decision reached will be binding on all involved.