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World Lacrosse yesterday completed the first half of its 2021 General Assembly, the annual gathering of the global lacrosse community. More than 100 delegates and observers participated in the virtual meeting, including the World Lacrosse board of directors, and both National and Continental Federations.
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The Pan-American Lacrosse Association hosted both a men’s and women’s tournament, showcasing World Lacrosse’s new Sixes discipline this past weekend in Auburndale, Florida USA.
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USA Lacrosse, with support from World Lacrosse and participating Iroquois and Canadian federations, will play host to an historic “Super Sixes” tournament, October 23-24, in Sparks, Maryland.
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National teams: Argentina, Jamaica, Norway, Puerto Rico and Uganda will be competing for the first time
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The Men’s Under-19 World Championships commenced in 1988 with Australia, the USA, Japan and Canada playing host. The championship tournament runs every four years. The USA has won all seven previous championships, but with two losses in the tournament in 2012 held in Turku, Finland, during the round-robin stage, signs of increased parity were showing.
Twelve teams attended the 2008 and 2012 U-19 championships, with Australia, Bermuda, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Iroquois Nationals, Japan, Korea, Scotland, USA and Wales in 2008, and the Czech Republic and Netherlands replacing Bermuda and Japan in the 2012 event in Turku.
The 2016 tournament was once again hosted by Canada, with an expanded field of fourteen teams which included previous participants Canada, USA, Iroquois Nationals, Australia, England, Germany, Korea and Scotland, as well as newcomers Israel, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, China and of course Ireland. In a close final, the USA came back from an 8-2 deficit to Canada at halftime to win 13-12, scoring the winning goal with 8 seconds remaining in the game to retain their gold medal. Let's hope for an equally thrilling 2022 event!
World Lacrosse Championship
The World Lacrosse Championship (WLC) is the international men's field lacrosse championship organized by World Lacrosse that occurs every four years.
The WLC began before any international lacrosse organization had been formed. It started as a four-team invitational tournament which coincided with Canada's centennial lacrosse celebration in 1967. Canada, the United States, Australia, and England participated. Seven years later, Australia celebrated its lacrosse centenary and another four-team invitational tournament was held between the same countries. After that tournament in 1974, the first international governing body for men's lacrosse was formed, the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF). The ILF merged with the women's governing body in 2008 to form the Federation of International Lacrosse, which changed its name to World Lacrosse in 2019.
The USA has won the championship ten times and Canada the other three. With 46 nations competing, the 2018 WLC in Israel was the largest tournament and was the first championship held outside of Australia, Canada, England or the United States.
Main article: 2006 World Lacrosse Championship
Canada defeated the United States 15–10 in the gold medal game of the 2006 World Championship in London, Ontario. Geoff Snider of Team Canada was named tournament MVP.
Main article: 2010 World Lacrosse Championship
The 2010 WLC was held in Manchester, England from July 15 to 24. For the first time, a World Lacrosse Festival was sanctioned to run alongside the world championships.
With more nations entering, the Round Robin stage of the tournament featured 30 nations and was split into 7 divisions, considerably larger than ever before. The Iroquois Nationals were unable to participate because the host nation did not recognize the validity of passports issued by the Iroquois confederacy.
The United States defeated Canada 12–10 in the gold medal game to capture their ninth victory at the World Lacrosse Championship.
Main article: 2014 World Lacrosse Championship
The 2014 WLC was held on July 10–19, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids soccer team. 38 nations participated in over 142 games. The countries with the top six rankings - Australia, Canada, England, Iroquois, Japan, and the United States - competed in the Blue Division.
Belgium, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Israel, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, and Uganda all competed in the event for the first time.
Canada defeated the United States 8–5 in the gold medal game to capture their third World Lacrosse Championship.
Main article: 2018 World Lacrosse Championship
The 2018 WLC was held on July 11–21, 2018 in Netanya, Israel, at Netanya Stadium and Wingate Institute. 46 nations participated in tournament games. The countries with the top six rankings - Australia, Canada, England, Iroquois, Scotland, and the United States - competed in the Blue Division.
United States defeated Canada in the gold medal game, dramatically scoring the controversial game-winning goal at the last second.
Hosting responsibilities for the 12 championships from 1967 to 2014 were evenly divided between four countries, with the United States, Canada, Australia, and England each hosting three times.
The 2018 championship in Israel was the first time the tournament expanded beyond the traditional four hosts. For the 2018 edition, World Lacrosse had originally selected England in 2013, but English Lacrosse withdrew in 2017, citing “unacceptable financial risk”, and Israel was selected instead.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – As the global pandemic brought about by the COVID-19 virus continues to disrupt the international sport calendar, World Lacrosse has, regrettably, made the decision to postpone its two World Championships originally scheduled for 2021 by one year and will instead stage the events in 2022.
In a unanimous decision by the World Lacrosse Board of Directors, taken December 8 during its regular monthly meeting:
The World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship is being postponed from 2021 to 2022. The event will still be held in Towson, Maryland, USA at Towson University. The dates for the rescheduled event are to be confirmed, but likely will be late June / early July 2022.
The World Lacrosse Men’s U20 World Championship is also being postponed from 2021 to 2022. It is expected the event will still be held in Limerick, Ireland at the University of Limerick. The dates for the rescheduled event are to be confirmed, but likely will be late July / early August 2022.
To make certain athletes who otherwise would have been eligible to compete in the event had it been held in 2021 still have the opportunity to do so, the upper age limit for eligibility will be raised, on a one-time basis, to U21.
With these changes, the sequence of international events for World Lacrosse and its members in 2022 likely will be:
Late June / Early July 2022: World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship Towson, Maryland, USA
July 7-17: The World Games 2022 Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Late July / Early August 2022: World Lacrosse Men’s U21 World Championship Limerick, Ireland
The changes to the international calendar were first shared with the World Lacrosse membership and participating teams on December 8.
In making the decision, the World Lacrosse Board of Directors examined the continued impact, uncertainty and disruption to preparations for these events brought about by the global pandemic, along with input provided by its member-National Governing Bodies and participating teams regarding athlete health and safety, team training, travel and other logistical considerations.
“These are extremely difficult decisions, particularly given the need to provide our members with as much advance notice as possible whilst managing the risk and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic,” said World Lacrosse President Sue Redfern. “Given the full range of considerations, this is the right decision for World Lacrosse and our members. An extra year to prepare means the participating teams will be able to train with certainty in knowing these events will take place in 2022, and athletes can now focus on preparing with confidence for their moment on the global stage.”
About World Lacrosse
World Lacrosse is the international federation for men’s and women’s lacrosse, responsible for providing effective leadership and governance of the sport internationally while supporting the continued growth of lacrosse worldwide. In November 2018, World Lacrosse was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The President of World Lacrosse is Sue Redfern of England.
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2023 World Lacrosse Championship
|Host country||United States|
The 2023 World Lacrosse Championship will be the 14th edition of the international men's field lacrosse tournament for national teams organized by World Lacrosse. Initially scheduled for 2022, it was postponed to 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will be held in Los Angeles, California.
The tournament will be limited to 30 teams for the first time through regional qualifying tournaments.
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) gave its member associations until the end of September 2016 to formally make its intent to bid known to the international sports body and March 2017 to submit their bid. The winning bid was announced in June 2018.
On June 25, 2018, FIL President Sue Redfern announced that Canada will host the 2022 World Lacrosse Championship in Coquitlam, British Columbia. According to the bidding team of the Canadian Lacrosse Association, it chose Coquitlam as the proposed host city for its bid citing the locality's previous hosting experience of the 2008 and 2016 men's U-19 world championships. On 18 October 2019, the organizing committee withdrew its bid to host the event in Coquitlam. Matches were to be held at the Percy Perry Stadium from July 14–23, 2022.
In October 2019, after the withdrawal of the organization, the championship was moved to California with the aim for better promoting lacrosse for a return to the Summer Olympics. In June 2020, the championship was postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic with Los Angeles named as host city.
The maximum number of teams to participate in the 2023 World Lacrosse Championship is 30. Regional qualifiers shall be held to determine the participating teams. The top 6 nations from the 2018 edition have already qualified for the championship.
Other directly qualified teams
The initial World Championship was a four-team invitational tournament that coincided with Canada’s centennial lacrosse celebration in 1967. The Mt. Washington (Md.) Lacrosse Club represented the United States and won the tournament. Seven years later, Australia celebrated its lacrosse centennial, and the U.S. fielded an all-star team to compete in a similar international invitational tournament with Canada and England again. It was here that the concept of holding a world championship tournament every four years was born and the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) formed.
In 2008 the ILF merged with the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) to form the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL)—the present governing body for both men’s and women’s world championship lacrosse.
The U.S. captured its tenth World Lacrosse Championship at the 2018 FIL Men’s World Championship hosted in Netanya, Israel, beating Canada in the last seconds of the game, 9-8. Canada has captured three championships throughout the history of the event with it’s most recent championship coming in a stunning 8-5 upset of the US at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in Denver, Colorado.
US will defend it’s championship at the 2022 FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championship in Coquitlam, BC, Canada, 13-24 July 2022.
|2014||Canada||USA||8-5||Denver, Colo., USA|
|2006||Canada||USA||15-10||London, Ont., Canada|
|1998||USA||Canada||15-14 (OT)||Baltimore, Md., USA|
|1986||USA||Canada||18-9||Toronto, Ont., Canada|
|1982||USA||Australia||22-14||Baltimore, Md. USA|
|1974||USA||3-Way Tie||24-14||Melbourne, Australia|
|1967*||USA||Australia||25-11||Toronto, Ont., Canada|
Men’s U19 World Championship
A record-high 14 teams competed in the FIL U19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championship in Coquitlam, B.C., Canada from July 7th through July 16th, 2016.
The Blue Division teams, comprised of the top five finishers from the 2012 U19 Men’s Worlds, included Canada, the United States, the Iroquois Nationals, Australia and England. Red Division teams were made up of Israel, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany and Mexico, and the Green Division included entries from China, Ireland, Scotland and Korea. The 2016 world tournament saw debuts at the U19 level for six of the teams: Israel, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, China and Ireland.
The USA came back from a 6-0 deficit to defeat Canada 13-12 on Saturday, July 16th in front of a standing-room only crowd.
Ryan Conrad scored with eight seconds remaining coming off a screen and burying the ball, capping off an unbelievable comeback for the Americans who trailed 8-2 at the half, giving the Americans their eighth title on the U-19 world stage.
The USA is the only country to have won the gold medal in FIL’s U19 Men’s event, winning in 1988, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
The next U19 World Championship will take place 9th – 18th July, 2020 in Limerick, Ireland (http://www.2020worldlax.com/).
|2016||USA||Canada||13-12||Coquitlam B.C., Canada|
|2008||USA||Canada||19-12||Coquitlam B.C., Canada|
|2003||USA||Canada||19-10||Baltimore, Md., USA|
|1992||USA||Australia||24-11||Long Island, N.Y., USA|
World Indoor Lacrosse Championship
The inaugural event was held in Hamilton, Kitchener, Mississauga, and Oshawa, Ontario, Canada in May 2003. National teams from Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Iroquois Nation, Scotland and the United States participated. Canada won gold defeating the Iroquois Nation in the final by a score of 21-4. The United States took the bronze.
The most recent WILC was held at the birthplace of lacrosse on the Onondaga Nation’s native grounds in Syracuse, N.Y. Thirteen teams competed in the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, including six new nations (Finland, Germany, Israel, Serbia, Switzerland, and Turkey). The medal results were the same as the previous three championships with Canada earning the gold, the Iroquois taking the silver and the U.S. winning the bronze. Surprising newcomer, Israel, finished in 4th. The remaining order of finish was England 5th, Ireland 6th, Czech Republic 7th, Australia 8th, Finland 9th, Turkey 10th, Germany 11th, Serbia 12th, and Switzerland 13th. Canada’s dominance in box lacrosse continued as it remained undefeated in WILC play at 23-0.
The 2019 WILC will be played in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.
Syracuse, NY USA
|2007||Canada||Iroquois||15-14 (OT)||Halifax, NS CAN|
Women’s World Cup
The International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) was formed in 1972 to promote and develop the game of women’s lacrosse throughout the world. Inaugural members were Australia, England, Scotland, Wales and the United States. The number of member countries has grown rapidly as lacrosse popularity has spread.
The IFWLA World Cup started in 1982 as an international lacrosse tournament that is held every four years, except in 1989 when it had only been three years since the 1986 IFWLA World Championship. The first World Cup was hosted in Nottingham, England. The United States team has won every World Cup except 1986 and 2005 where it finished second behind Australia.
In 2007 the IFWLA merged with their men’s lacrosse counterpart, the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF), to form the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) – the current governing body of international lacrosse championships.
In the latest event, Team USA made it three straight gold medals and eight overall when it defeated Canada 10-5 at the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guildford, England.
The host and dates for the 2021 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup will be determined in 2018.
|2013||USA||Canada||19-5||Oshawa, Ont., Canada|
|2009||USA||Australia||8-7||Prague, Czech Republic|
|2005||Australia||USA||14-7||Annapolis, Md., USA|
|1997||USA||Australia||3-2 SV OT¹||Tokyo, Japan|
|1989||USA||England||6-5 SV OT¹||Perth, Australia|
|1986||Australia||USA||10-7||Philadelphia, Pa., USA|
|1982||USA||Australia||10-7 ET²||Nottingham, England|
Women’s U19 World Championship
The International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) held its first U-19 World Championship in 1995. Australia defeated the United States 5-4 in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
The U.S. then beat Australia in four straight finals since then. In 1999, the U.S. defeated the Aussies 15-8 on their home turf in Perth. They doubled-up on Australia in 2003, this time winning the championship 21-8 in Baltimore, Maryland. The U.S. women made it three straight golds in 2007 by defeating Australia 18-3 in Peterborough, Canada. The U.S. won its fourth gold in a row in 2011 in Hannover, Germany edging their Aussie rivals 14-12.
In the latest U19 Women’s Championship in July of 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland many new story lines emerged:
- Canada Golden, U.S. settles for Silver. After losing to the U.S. in the first game of pool play, Canada won seven straight games — including an impressive 17-3 win over Australia in the Semifinals, and a 9-8 victory over the U.S. to win the Gold.
- England wins historic bronze. England built a 9-3 lead early in the second before the Aussies roared back with a furious 6-1 rally to bring it to within one goal, 10-9, with 1:30 left. England held the Aussies scoreless through the final minute and thirty to preserve a 10-9 win for the bronze.
- Australia does not medal. For the first time in the history of the tournament, Australia did not play for the gold and finished out of the medals in fourth place after being upset by England in the bronze medal game.
- New Zealand finishes in 5th. The Kiwis surprised everyone with a 10-8 victory over Japan for 5th place. Previous finishes for New Zealand were 10th in 2007 and 11th in 2011.
The host nation and location for the 2019 Women’s U19 Championship event will be determined in late 2015.
|2007||USA||Australia||18-3||Peterborough, Ont., Canada|
|2003||USA||Australia||21-8||Baltimore, Md., USA|
|1995||Australia||USA||5-4||Haverford, Pa., USA|
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World Lacrosse Announces New Date and Name for 2020 U19 World Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA — World Lacrosse and the Limerick Organizing Committee announced today the new date and name for the World Championship that will be held in 2021 in Limerick, Ireland. The championship will be called the 2021 World Lacrosse Men’s U20 World
Championship. And, the competition dates will be June 17-26, 2021 at the University of Limerick in
Limerick, Ireland. The new date and name were confirmed by the World Lacrosse Board of Directors today during its monthly call.
In March 2020, in response to the global pandemic brought about by the COVID-19 virus and based upon input from its member-National Governing Bodies and Continental Federations, World Lacrosse made the decision to postpone the 2020 World Lacrosse Men’s U19 World Championship. The event was originally scheduled for July 9-18, 2020 in Limerick.
In April 2020, World Lacrosse confirmed the World Championship would be staged in
2021 with the following modifications:
- The event age eligibility will be raised to U20, with certain dispensations still
allowed. The lower age for eligibility will remain 16 years old;
- National Teams that had not originally entered the event for 2020, but have an
interest in doing so for 2021, will be considered by World Lacrosse.
“Today’s announcement is welcome good news for lacrosse players around the world, as it is further confirmation of our intention to return to World Championship activity in 2021, with the safety of athletes and all participants as our number one priority,” said World Lacrosse President Sue Redfern. “This announcement would not be possible were it not for the unwavering commitment of the Limerick Organizing Committee and its leader, Michael Kennedy, to stage this event and to support competitive opportunities for athletes. We offer our heartfelt thanks to Michael, the University of Limerick and the
event organizing partners in Ireland.”
“From our membership, we have received strong support and encouragement to move forward with this World Championship, but to do so in 2021 and in a manner that preserves the opportunity for athletes who would have been eligible to compete this year to instead do so next year,” added World Lacrosse Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr. “We look forward to an exciting season of World Championship activity next year, beginning in Limerick with the 2021 World Lacrosse Men’s U20 World Championship.”
In addition to the 2021 World Lacrosse Men’s U20 World Championship, a record 30 nations (including Ireland) are confirmed to compete in the 2021 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship from July 7-17, 2021 at Towson (Md.) University in the United States.