World Lacrosse Championship

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World Lacrosse Championship
Sport Field lacrosse
Founded1967
Countries World Lacrosse member nations
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champion(s)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States (10th title)
Most titlesFlag of the United States.svg  United States (10 titles)
Official website Official website
Lacrosse current event.svg 2018 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.

Field lacrosse full contact mens sport played with a lacrosse stick and rubber ball

Field lacrosse is a full contact outdoor men's sport played with ten players on each team. The sport originated among Native Americans, and the modern rules of field lacrosse were initially codified by Canadian William George Beers in 1867. Field lacrosse is one of three major versions of lacrosse played internationally. The other versions, women's lacrosse and box lacrosse, are played under significantly different rules.

World Lacrosse (WL), formerly the Federation of International Lacrosse, is the international governing body of lacrosse, responsible for the men's, women's, and indoor versions of the sport. It was established in 2008 by the merger of the previously separate men's and women's international lacrosse associations. Its headquarters are in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States.

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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. [1]

Lacrosse in Canada

Modern lacrosse in Canada has been a popular sport since the mid 1800s. Only field lacrosse was played until the 1930s, when box lacrosse was invented. Lacrosse was declared Canada's national game in 1859. However, in 1994, Canadian Parliament passed Canada's National Sport Act, which made lacrosse the national summer sport, and hockey the national winter sport.

Canada mens national lacrosse team

The Canadian men's national lacrosse team participates in international competitions. The team is governed by the Canadian Lacrosse Association, which is a member of World Lacrosse, the international governing body for lacrosse. Traditionally Canada has been one of the leading nations in international play, placing among the top three at the World Lacrosse Championship every year since the tournament's inaugural year in 1967. Canada has a long-standing rivalry with the United States national lacrosse team as they both frequently find themselves facing off against each other.

United States mens national lacrosse team national field lacrosse team of the United States

The United States men's national lacrosse team has won ten of thirteen World Lacrosse Championships, the most recent in 2018. Team USA finished second in the other three field lacrosse tournaments, losing to Canada in 1978, 2006, and 2014.

The USA has won the championship ten times and Canada the other three. [1] 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.

2018 World Lacrosse Championship international mens field lacrosse championship

The 2018 World Lacrosse Championship was the 13th edition of the international men’s field lacrosse tournament for national teams organized by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). As many as 50 countries were expected to compete in the tournament; with the official total coming in at 46, which made the 2018 WLC the largest of all-time. The games were held in Netanya, Israel on 12–21 July 2018.

Editions

2006 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.

London, Ontario City in Ontario, Canada

London is a city in southwestern Ontario, Canada, along the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor. The city had a population of 383,822 according to the 2016 Canadian census. London is at the confluence of the Thames River, approximately 200 km (120 mi) from both Toronto and Detroit; and about 230 km (140 mi) from Buffalo, New York. The city of London is a separated municipality, politically separate from Middlesex County, though it remains the county seat.

Geoff Snider is a Canadian lacrosse player from Calgary, Alberta. He is known as a dominant faceoff man and a very physical player.He no longer plays after retirement this year.

2010 Championship

The 2010 WLC was held in Manchester, England from July 15 to July 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. [2]

Iroquois mens national lacrosse team

The Iroquois men's national lacrosse team, known as the Iroquois Nationals, represents the Iroquois Confederacy in international field lacrosse competition. They are currently ranked third in the world by World Lacrosse after winning Bronze at the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship. The team is organized by the First Nations Lacrosse Association.

The United States defeated Canada 12–10 in the Gold medal game to capture their ninth victory at the World Lacrosse Championship. [3]

2014 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. [4] 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. [5]

Canada defeated the United States 8–5 in the Gold medal game to capture their third World Lacrosse Championship.

2018 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. [6]

Championship hosts

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 expands 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.

Winners

YearHostChampionScoreRunner-upNumber of teams
1967 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Toronto, Ontario
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
LeagueFlag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
4
1974 Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Melbourne, Australia
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of England.svg
England
4
1978 Flag of England.svg
Stockport, England
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
17–16 (OT)Flag of the United States.svg
United States
4
1982 Flag of the United States.svg
Baltimore, Maryland
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
22–14Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
4
1986 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Toronto, Ontario
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
18–9Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
4
1990 Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Perth, Australia
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
19–15Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
5
1994 Flag of England.svg
Bury, England
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
21–7Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
6
1998 Flag of the United States.svg
Baltimore, Maryland
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
15–14 (OT) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
11
2002 Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Perth, Australia
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
18–15Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
16
2006 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
London, Ontario
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
15–10Flag of the United States.svg
United States
21
2010 Flag of England.svg
Manchester, England
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
12–10Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
29
2014 Flag of the United States.svg
Denver, Colorado
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
8–5Flag of the United States.svg
United States
38
2018 Flag of Israel.svg
Netanya, Israel
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
9-8Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
46
2022 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Coquitlam, British Columbia
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Performance by team

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 103013
2Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 36413
3Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 03710
4Flag of England.svg  England 0101
5Flag of the Iroquois Confederacy.svg  Iroquois 0022
Totals (5 nations)13131339

Performance by tournament

Team 1967
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
(4)
1974
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
(4)
1978
Flag of England.svg
(4)
1982
Flag of the United States.svg
(4)
1986
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
(4)
1990
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
(5)
1994
Flag of England.svg
(6)
1998
Flag of the United States.svg
(11)
2002
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
(15)
2006
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
(21)
2010
Flag of England.svg
(29)
2014
Flag of the United States.svg
(38)
2018
Flag of Israel.svg
(46)
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 28th36th39th
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2nd4th3rd2nd3rd3rd2nd3rd3rd3rd3rd4th4th
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 21st28th24th
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 27th30th
Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda 21st18th24th37th
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 3rd3rd1st3rd2nd2nd3rd2nd2nd1st2nd1st2nd
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 33rd42nd
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 37th45th
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 38th
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 43rd
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 9th10th15th13th14th26th
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 16th26th34th
Flag of England.svg  England 4th2nd4th4th4th4th4th5th6th5th5th5th5th
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 9th12th13th15th
Flag of France.svg  France 27th31st33rd
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 6th8th8th6th9th9th
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 19th
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 14th20th22nd21st27th
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 28th
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 13th7th9th10th12th
Flag of the Iroquois Confederacy.svg  Iroquois 5th5th4th4th4th3rd3rd
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 7th7th
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 10th19th18th16th
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 13th
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 6th8th5th6th4th8th6th
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 14th20th19th18th
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 46th
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 29th23rd38th
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 12th8th16th22nd
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 15th19th15th12th21st
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 24th25th17th
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 39th
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 10th
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 14th20th32nd
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico 8th
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 32nd36th
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 7th7th11th7th6th11th
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 17th26th23rd
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 11th18th25th35th35th
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 17th16th30th31st
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 10th9th10th11th25th
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 23rd15th20th
Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan 41st
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 29th
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 22nd44th
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 34th40th
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1st1st2nd1st1st1st1st1st1st2nd1st2nd1st
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 11th12th13th11th17th14th

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