Scoring System

Content from the following section can be found in Laws of Badminton, 7. Scoring System.

  1. Scoring System
    1. A match shall consist of the best of three games, unless otherwise arranged (BWF Statutes, Section 4.1.3 and Section 4.1.4).
    2. A game shall be won by the side which first scores 21 points, except as provided in Law 7.4 and 7.5.
    3. The side winning a rally shall add a point to its score. A side shall win a rally, if the opposing side commits a ‘fault’ or the shuttle ceases to be in play because it touches the surface of the court inside the opponent’s court.
    4. If the score becomes 20-all, the side which gains a two point lead first, shall win that game.
    5. If the score becomes 29-all, the side scoring the 30th point shall win that game.
    6. The side winning a game shall serve first in the next game.