2006 World Lacrosse Championship

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2006 World Lacrosse Championship
2006 World Lacrosse Championship logo.jpg
Tournament details
Host country  Canada
Dates July 14-22
Teams 21
Venue(s) London, Ontario
Final positions
Gold Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (2nd title)
Silver Silver medal blank.svg  United States
Bronze Bronze medal blank.svg  Australia
Fourth place  Iroquois
Tournament statistics
Matches played 72
Goals scored 1515 (21.04 per match)
MVP Canada Geoff Snider

Canada won its second gold medal at the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship, held in London, Ontario from July 14 to 22. The Canadians defeated the United States in the final 15–10 in front of 7,735 fans.[1] It marked only the second loss by the Americans since the championships were founded in 1967. The first was Canada's historic 17–16 overtime win in the 1978 final. Canadian Geoff Snider was the tournament MVP for his outstanding face-off performance, winning 19 of 28 draws in the final.[2]

Australia beat Iroquois 21–8 to earn the bronze medal. 21 nations played 72 games over the eight-day tournament, with Bermuda, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, and Spain making their debuts.[3] The games were played in TD Waterhouse Stadium.

The World Lacrosse Championship (WLC) is the international men's field lacrosse championship organized by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) every four years. The 2006 WLC was the last to be sanctioned by the International Lacrosse Federation, the former governing body for men. In August 2008, the ILF merged with the former governing body for women's lacrosse, the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations, to form the FIL.

Pool play[edit]

For the round-robin phase of the tournament, nations were separated into blue, red, orange and yellow divisions according to strength. Each of the twenty-one nations was eligible to win the championship.

Blue Division[edit]

Gary Gait vs. USA

The Blue Division featured the six strongest lacrosse nations: Australia, Canada, England, Iroquois, Japan, and the United States.

Winning Team Losing Team Score
Iroquois England 13–10
United States Australia 20–8
Canada Japan 18–7
United States England 25–5
Canada Iroquois 12–8
Australia Japan 18–1
Australia England 16–3
United States Canada 13–12
Iroquois Japan 13–11
England Japan 9–8
United States Iroquois 21–13
Canada Australia 12–9
United States Japan 21–2
Iroquois Australia 12–10
Canada England 17–9

Blue Division standings after pool play were:

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Iroquois
  4. Australia
  5. England
  6. Japan

Red Division[edit]

Red Division featured the next five strongest lacrosse nations: Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales.

Winning Team Losing Team Score
Ireland Hong Kong 19–4
Scotland Italy 13–12
Ireland Italy 15–8
Wales Hong Kong 14–0
Italy Hong Kong 20–0
Scotland Wales 7–3
Italy Wales 20–7
Ireland Scotland 16–9
Ireland Wales 12–4
Scotland Hong Kong 21–3

Red Division standings after pool play were:

  1. Ireland
  2. Scotland
  3. Italy
  4. Wales
  5. Hong Kong

Orange Division[edit]

The five countries competing in Orange Division were: the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and South Korea.

Winning Team Losing Team Score
Netherlands South Korea 12–4
Germany New Zealand 18–3
Germany South Korea 18–4
Czech Republic New Zealand 23–4
Germany Netherlands 15–9
Czech Republic South Korea 20–2
Netherlands New Zealand 15–4
Germany Czech Republic 12–5
Czech Republic Netherlands 19–9
South Korea New Zealand 8–7

Orange Division standings after pool play were:

  1. Germany
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Netherlands
  4. South Korea
  5. New Zealand

Yellow Division[edit]

The Yellow Division featured Bermuda, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, and Spain.

Winning Team Losing Team Score
Finland Spain 16–11
Denmark Bermuda 10–6
Finland Latvia 9–3
Denmark Spain 15–11
Latvia Spain 11–9
Finland Bermuda 16–3
Latvia Denmark 7–3
Spain Bermuda 13–9
Finland Denmark 14–4
Latvia Bermuda 9–3

Yellow Division standings after pool play were:

  1. Finland
  2. Latvia
  3. Denmark
  4. Spain
  5. Bermuda


With the nations ranked amongst their division, they played off for their final standings. The winner from each lower group played a lower-ranked nation from Blue division for their shot at the championship.

Winning Team Losing Team Score Note
Netherlands Latvia 10–4 Play-off for the 9th/13th place brackets
Wales Spain 17–9 Play-off for the 13th/17th place brackets
Australia Ireland 21–5 Quarter final
Iroquois Germany 14–6 Quarter final
Denmark South Korea 10–9 Play-off for the 13th/17th place brackets
Italy Czech Republic 14–7 Play-off for the 9th/13th place brackets
Canada Finland 27–2 Quarter final
New Zealand Bermuda 19–6 Semi-final in the 19th place bracket
Italy Scotland 10–7 Semi-final in the 9th place bracket
Spain Hong Kong 12–8 Semi-final in the 17th place bracket
Latvia Denmark 5–3 Semi-final in the 13th place bracket
England Germany 19–4 Semi-final in the 5th place bracket
Japan Ireland 11–9 Semi-final in the 5th place bracket
Finland Netherlands 10–8 Semi-final in the 9th place bracket
Wales Czech Republic 9–8 Semi-final in the 13th place bracket
USA Australia 13–10 Semi-final
Canada Iroquois 16–6 Semi-final
Spain South Korea 17–14 Play-off for 17th place
New Zealand Hong Kong 9–6 Play-off for 19th place
Scotland Netherlands 15–3 Play-off for 11th place
Wales Latvia 18–2 Play-off for 13th place
Czech Republic Denmark 18–1 Play-off for 15th place
Finland Italy 10–9 Play-off for 9th place
Ireland Germany 13–5 Play-off for 7th place
England Japan 12–7 Play-off for 5th place
Australia Iroquois 21–8 3rd place
Canada USA 15–10 Final

The final standings were:

  1. Canada
  2. USA
  3. Australia
  4. Iroquois
  5. England
  6. Japan
  7. Ireland
  8. Germany
  9. Finland
  10. Italy
  11. Scotland
  12. Netherlands
  13. Wales
  14. Latvia
  15. Czech Republic
  16. Denmark
  17. Spain
  18. South Korea
  19. New Zealand
  20. Hong Kong
  21. Bermuda


All World Team[edit]

The International Lacrosse Federation named an All World Team at the conclusion of the championships, along with four other individual awards.[4]


Canada Chris Sanderson


United States John Gagliardi
Canada Brodie Merrill
Australia John Tokarua


Iroquois Brett Bucktooth
United States Jay Jalbert
Canada Geoff Snider


Canada John Grant, Jr.
United States Michael Powell
Canada Jeff Zywicki

Best Positional Players[edit]

Canada Brodie Merrill - Defence
United States Jay Jalbert - Midfield
Canada Jeff Zywicki - Attack

Tournament MVP[edit]

Canada Geoff Snider - Midfield, face-off


  1. ^ "World Championships report, 22nd July". Activity Workshop. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Canada won the 2006 ILF Warrior World Lacrosse Championships with a 15-9 win over the U.S." 2006 WLC. Archived from the original on August 9, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Lacrosse World Championships 2006". Activity Workshop. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Award Winners". 2006 WLC. Archived from the original on August 4, 2007. 

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