World Lacrosse Championship
|Current season, competition or edition:
2014 World Lacrosse Championship
|Countries||FIL member nations|
|Most recent champion(s)||Canada (3rd title)|
|Most titles||United States (9 titles)|
The World Lacrosse Championship (WLC) is the world championship for international men's field lacrosse. From its inception in 1967 through the 2006 event, it was sanctioned by the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF). In 2008, the ILF merged with the former governing body for women's lacrosse, the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA), to form the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). Future World Championships will be sanctioned by FIL.
The WLC began as a four-team invitational tournament which coincided with Canada's centennial lacrosse celebration in 1967. Seven years later, Australia celebrated its lacrosse centenary, and the USA fielded an all-star team to compete in a similar international invitational tournament. It was here that the concept of holding a World Championship tournament every four years was born. The championship has not left North America since the tournament started, with the USA capturing nine victories and Canada the other three. The 2014 championships featured a record thirty-eight competing nations.
The 2010 World Lacrosse Championship was held in Manchester, England from July 15 to July 24. For the first time in the history of the World Lacrosse Championships, a FIL World Lacrosse Festival had been sanctioned to run alongside the FIL World Championships.
With more nations entering, the Round Robin stage of the tournament now 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.
Keeping with the colour themed divisions from previous Championships, in addition to the Blue, Red, Orange and Yellow divisions there would also now be Plum, Turquoise and Gray divisions.
The United States defeated Canada 12-10 in the Gold medal game to capture their ninth victory at the World Lacrosse Championships.
The 2014 World Lacrosse Championship will be held July 10-19, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids soccer team. 38 nations are scheduled to participate 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; the top four teams in this division advanced to the quarterfinals or semifinals automatically.
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 victory at the World Lacrosse Championships.
World Lacrosse Championship history
|1967||United States||Australia||25-11||Toronto, Canada||4|
|1974||United States||3-way tie||20-14||Melbourne, Australia||4|
|1978||Canada||United States||17-16 (OT)||Stockport, England||4|
|1982||United States||Australia||22-14||Baltimore, United States||4|
|1986||United States||Canada||18-9||Toronto, Canada||4|
|1990||United States||Canada||19-15||Perth, Australia||5|
|1994||United States||Australia||21-7||Manchester, England||6|
|1998||United States||Canada||15-14 (OT)||Baltimore, United States||11|
|2002||United States||Canada||18-15||Perth, Australia||16|
|2006||Canada||United States||15-10||London, Canada||20|
|2010||United States||Canada||12-10||Manchester, England||29|
|2014||Canada||United States||8-5||Denver, United States||38|
- 1998 World Lacrosse Championship Final
- 2006 World Lacrosse Championship
- 2010 World Lacrosse Championship
- Federation of International Lacrosse
- Women's Lacrosse World Cup
- "Schedule Released for FIL World Championship". March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
- "Record Field for 2014 FIL World Championship". March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014.