2010 World Lacrosse Championship

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2010 World Lacrosse Championship
2010 World Lacrosse Championship logo.png
Tournament details
Host country  England
Dates 15–24 July
Teams 29
Venue(s) Armitage Center, Manchester
Final positions
Gold Gold medal blank.svg  United States (9th title)
Silver Silver medal blank.svg  Canada
Bronze Bronze medal blank.svg  Australia
Fourth place  Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played 101
Goals scored 2062 (20.42 per match)
MVP United States Paul Rabil
2006
2014

The 2010 World Lacrosse Championship was held between 15–24 July. This international men's field lacrosse tournament organized by the Federation of International Lacrosse took place in Manchester, United Kingdom. This was the third time that the tournament was played in Greater Manchester, after the 1978 and 1994 championships.

The United States captured their ninth gold medal, defeating Canada 12–10 in the championship game.[1] Paul Rabil of Team USA was named tournament MVP.[2] Australia earned its fourth-straight bronze medal by defeating Japan 16 –9.

A record 29 nations competed at the event, eight more than the 2006 WLC in London, Ontario. The 101 games were held at the Armitage Centre, Manchester University's sports grounds.[3][4]

For the first time, a FIL World Lacrosse Festival ran alongside the world championships from 17 to 22 July. 48 teams from around the world competed in 8 divisions from U16 to Grand Masters.[5]

Iroquois passport controversy[edit]

The Iroquois Nationals' participation in the championships was prevented in a dispute over their passports.[6] The team sought to travel on Haudenosaunee passports, but the United Kingdom government would not allow it because of increased passport security requirements.[7] The United States Department of State initially also refused to allow the passports, but later granted the team a one-time waiver to travel to the tournament. However, the U.K. would not issue the team visas.[8]

Initially, the Iroquois were hoping to be able to travel, and agreed to forfeit their first game against England. Because it was the opening game of the tournament, organizers arranged for the host team to play Germany in an exhibition match instead.[9] However, just before game time, the FIL decided to move Germany to the Blue Division and the Iroquois to the Plum Division, making the England-Germany match an official one.[10] The Iroquois team did not officially withdraw from the tournament, and would have been allowed to play its remaining games should it have resolved its passport difficulties in time.[11] On 18 July, the FIL announced that the competition schedule had progressed too far to allow Iroquois to compete in the tournament.[12] Each of the other three Plum Division teams were given 1–0 forfeit victories over the Iroquois team.

Pool play[edit]

For pool play, nations were separated into seven divisions according to strength, the top six teams were placed in the Blue Division, and the other teams were put in six divisions of four. Each of the thirty nations were eligible to win the championship. Each division played round-robin games for ranking to determine which tournament brackets they would be placed in.

Blue Division[edit]

England's Evan Roberts against Canada

The Blue Division originally consisted of the top six teams from the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship, but Germany was moved up to replace the missing Iroquois team. The first and second place teams from the Blue Division advanced to the tournament semifinals. The third and fourth place teams advanced to the quarterfinals. The fifth and sixth place teams were placed into the 5th through 8th place classification bracket.

Canada's 10–9 win over the United States marked the first time that the American team lost a preliminary round game in any world championship, and only its third loss overall.[13] Both teams ended up advancing to the semifinals.

Japan, Australia, and England all finished 2–3 in the Blue Division and 1–1 in head-to-head matches against each other. All three games between the teams were close, with two going into overtime. Japan and Australia advanced to the quarterfinals based on goal differential in those matches.

Team Pld W L GF GA GD Tie
 Canada 5 5 0 86 28 +58 Advanced to
semifinals
 United States 5 4 1 88 29 +59
 Japan 5 2 3 47 67 –20 +1 Advanced to
quarterfinals
 Australia 5 2 3 51 63 –12 0
 England 5 2 3 44 59 –15 –1 Advanced to
5th–8th place games
 Germany 5 0 5 24 96 –72
15 July 2010
England  12–3  Germany
16 July 2010
Canada  17–4  Japan
United States  21–5  Australia
17 July 2010
Japan  15–9  Germany
Australia  10–8 (OT)  England
United States  9–10  Canada
18 July 2010
England  13–12 (OT)  Japan
Germany Germany 4–22  United States
Canada  19–5  Australia
19 July 2010
Germany Germany 4–23  Canada
Australia  9–11  Japan
United States  17–5  England
20 July 2010
Japan  5–19  United States
Australia  22–4  Germany
Canada  17–6  England
Key to colours in division tables
Six division winners and top two runners-up
advanced to the upper bracket
Four remaining runners-up and top four third-placed teams
advanced to the middle bracket
Two remaining third-placed teams and six last placed teams
advanced to the lower bracket

Orange Division[edit]

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
 Ireland 3 3 0 60 10 +50
 Slovakia 3 2 1 21 33 –12
  Switzerland 3 1 2 15 32 –17
 South Korea 3 0 3 15 38 –23
16 July 2010
Slovakia Slovakia 10–4   Switzerland
Ireland Republic of Ireland 21–3  South Korea
17 July 2010
Switzerland Switzerland 10–6  South Korea
Slovakia Slovakia 4–23  Ireland
18 July 2010
South Korea South Korea 6–7  Slovakia
Switzerland Switzerland 3–16  Ireland

Plum Division[edit]

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
 Spain 3 3 0 28 22 +6
 Hong Kong 3 2 1 25 24 +1
 Norway 3 1 2 17 21 -–
 Iroquois 3 0 3 0 3 –3
16 July 2010
Iroquois  0–1  Spain
Hong Kong Hong Kong 10–8  Norway
17 July 2010
Norway Norway 8–11  Spain
Hong Kong Hong Kong 1–0  Iroquois
18 July 2010
Norway Norway 1–0  Iroquois
Spain  16–14  Hong Kong
  • Iroquois forfeited their three games due to not being able to travel to the tournament.

Yellow Division[edit]

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
 Finland 3 3 0 37 18 +19
 Poland 3 2 1 42 19 +23
 Bermuda 3 1 2 18 35 –17
 Denmark 3 0 3 15 40 –25
16 July 2010
Bermuda Bermuda 2–16  Poland
Finland Finland 14–2  Denmark
17 July 2010
Poland Poland 15–5  Denmark
Bermuda Bermuda 5–11  Finland
18 July 2010
Poland Poland 11–12 (OT)  Finland
Denmark Denmark 8–11  Bermuda

Red Division[edit]

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
 Czech Republic 3 3 0 47 10 +37
 Sweden 3 2 1 42 14 +28
 Italy 3 1 2 18 36 –18
 Mexico 3 0 3 6 53 –47
16 July 2010
Italy Italy 3–17  Czech Republic
Sweden Sweden 20–2  Mexico
17 July 2010
Sweden Sweden 16–3  Italy
Mexico Mexico 1–21  Czech Republic
18 July 2010
Mexico Mexico 3–12  Italy
Czech Republic Czech Republic 9–6  Sweden

Turquoise Division[edit]

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
 Scotland 3 3 0 57 14 +43
 New Zealand 3 2 1 37 26 +11
 Latvia 3 1 2 25 37 –12
 France 3 0 3 11 53 –42
16 July 2010
New Zealand New Zealand 18–3  France
Scotland  20–4  Latvia
17 July 2010
New Zealand New Zealand 8–18  Scotland
France France 6–16  Latvia
18 July 2010
France France 2–19  Scotland
Latvia Latvia 5–11  New Zealand

Grey Division[edit]

Team Pld W L GF GA GD
 Wales 3 3 0 49 12 +37
 Netherlands 3 2 1 55 18 +37
 Austria 3 1 2 21 41 –20
 Argentina 3 0 3 11 65 –54
16 July 2010
Argentina Argentina 5–16  Austria
Netherlands Netherlands 9–10  Wales
17 July 2010
Argentina Argentina 3–29  Netherlands
Austria Austria 0–19  Wales
18 July 2010
Wales Wales 20–3  Argentina
Austria Austria 5–17  Netherlands

Intermediate Round[edit]

Starting on 19 July, all teams except for the Blue Division moved to one of three intermediate brackets: either the upper, middle, or lower bracket.

Upper bracket[edit]

The upper bracket included the six first-place finishers from each division as well as the top two second-place finishers. These teams were still eligible for the World Championship and could have finished anywhere from 1st to 16th in the tournament. By winning two games in the upper bracket, Scotland and Netherlands advanced to the quarterfinals.

July 19 July 20
  Czech Republic   14  
  Scotland   17  
 
      Scotland   15
    Ireland   9
  Ireland   12   Czech Republic   8
  Sweden   7     Sweden   15
July 19 July 20
  Finland   7  
  Wales   9  
 
      Wales   8
    Netherlands   9
  Netherlands   16   Finland   21
  Spain   1     Spain   4

Middle bracket[edit]

The middle bracket included the remaining four second-place finishers and the top four third-place finishers. These teams could have finished anywhere from 9th to 24th in the final rankings.

19 July 20 July
   Switzerland   3  
  New Zealand   11  
 
      New Zealand   16
    Latvia   3
20 July – 12:30
  Hong Kong   10    Switzerland   11
  Latvia   12     Hong Kong   7
19 July 20 July
  Norway   4  
  Slovakia   14  
 
      Slovakia   6
    Poland   11
  Poland  14   Norway   4
  Bermuda   10     Bermuda   8

Lower bracket[edit]

The lower bracket included the remaining two third-place finishers and the six fourth-place finishers. These teams could have finished no higher than 17th in the final rankings.

19 July 20 July
  Mexico   9  
  South Korea  10  
 
      South Korea   8
    Austria   13
  France   4   Mexico   6
  Austria   15     France   10
19 July 20 July
  Denmark    
 Bye    
 
      Denmark   3
    Italy   10
  Italy   13   Argentina  
  Argentina   9        

Play-in games[edit]

On 21 July, Finland beat Poland 13–7 to advance to the 9th–12th place bracket, sending Poland to the 13th–16th place bracket. Italy beat Switzerland 7–6 to advance to the 17th–20th place bracket, while Switzerland entered the 21st–24th place bracket.

Championship bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals
21 July
Semifinals
22 July
Gold medal game
24 July
   
 Canada 15  
 Australia 20  
 Australia 6    
 Scotland 11  
   Canada 10
 
     United States 12
 United States 20
 Japan 14  
 Japan 5  
 Netherlands 8  
Bronze medal game
 
 Australia 16
 Japan 9

Classification brackets[edit]

5th to 8th place[edit]

22 July 5th place
  England   23  
  Scotland   9  
 
      England   14
    Germany   9
7th place
  Germany   14   Scotland   11
  Netherlands   1     Netherlands   10

9th to 12th place[edit]

22 July 9th place
  Wales   5  
  Sweden   9  
 
      Sweden   8
    Ireland   15
11th place
  Ireland   17   Wales   10
  Finland   6     Finland   5

13th to 16th place[edit]

22 July 13th place
  Spain   11  
  Poland   15  
 
      Poland   3
    Czech Republic   21
15th place
  New Zealand   8   Spain   5
  Czech Republic   13     New Zealand   23

17th to 20th place[edit]

22 July 17th place
  Latvia   7  
  Bermuda   8  
 
      Bermuda   7
    Slovakia   12
19th place
  Slovakia   10   Latvia   8
  Italy   4     Italy   13

21st to 24th place[edit]

22 July 21st place
  Austria   10  
  Norway   4  
 
      Austria   9
    Hong Kong   8
23rd place
  Hong Kong   15   Norway   0
   Switzerland   8      Switzerland   2

25th to 28th place[edit]

22 July 25th place
  South Korea   16  
  Argentina   5  
 
      South Korea   12
    Denmark   10
27th place
  France   7   Argentina  8
  Denmark   9     France   10

Final standings[edit]

Rank Team Record
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States 6–1
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Canada 6–1
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Australia 4–4
4  Japan 3–5
5  England 4–3
6  Germany 1–6
7  Scotland 6–2
8  Netherlands 5–3
9  Ireland 6–1
10  Sweden 4–3
11  Wales 5–2
12  Finland 5–3
13  Czech Republic 5–2
14  Poland 5–3
15  New Zealand 5–2
16  Spain 3–4
17  Slovakia 5–2
18  Bermuda 3–4
19  Italy 5–3
20  Latvia 2–5
21  Austria 5–2
22  Hong Kong 3–4
23   Switzerland 3–5
24  Norway 1–6
25  South Korea 3–4
26  Denmark 1–5
27  France 2–5
28  Argentina 0–6
29  Mexico 0–5
 Iroquois 0–3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "FIL World Championships: USA Takes Gold With 12-10 Win Over Canada". 2010 WLC. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  3. ^ "How Manchester took sport of lacrosse to its heart". BBC - Manchester. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "Lacrosse World Championships 2010". Activity Workshop. Retrieved 23 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "FIL Festival Team Roster". 2010 WLC. Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Marshall, Tabitha (August 15, 2013). "The Iroquois Nationals and the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23 November 2017. 
  7. ^ Kaplan, Thomas (16 July 2010). "Iroquois Defeated by Passport Dispute". New York Times. Retrieved 23 November 2017. 
  8. ^ Gross, Samanatha (14 July 2010). "UK won't let Iroquois lacrosse team go to tourney". San Diego Union-Tribune. AP. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  9. ^ Goulding, Neil (15 July 2010). "England get revenge over Germany for World Cup defeat". 2010 WLC. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Goulding, Neil (15 July 2010). "Iroquois forced to forfeit opening match against England". 2010 WLC. Archived from the original on 18 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Goulding, Neil. "Germany promoted to the Blue Division with Iroquois still missing". 2010 WLC. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Official statement on behalf of organizers" (Press release). 2010 WLC. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. 
  13. ^ DaSilva, Matt (17 July 2010). "Canada does it again, downs Team USA". Lacrosse Magazine. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. 

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