2018 World Lacrosse Championship
|Venue(s)||2 (in 1 host city)|
|Gold||United States (10th title)|
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. The United States won the tournament, its 10th championship in the history of the event.
Manchester, England was originally selected to host the tournament, but withdrew in May 2017. Instead, the championships took place in Netanya, Israel between 12 and 21 July 2018. This was the first World Lacrosse Championship played outside of the United States, Canada, England, or Australia.
On Thursday, 12 July, the Opening Ceremony and first games were held at Netanya Stadium, a 13,610-seat multi-use stadium which opened in 2012. It served as a home field for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and features 36 luxury suites, a VIP seating area, and a modern press box. The stadium serves as the home field of Maccabi Netanya FC, as well as the temporary home of Maccabi Tel Aviv FC and Hapoel Ra'anana A.F.C.
From Friday, 13 July to Saturday, 21 July, the tournament games will be played at Wingate Institute. Located on 50 hectares (125 acres), the Wingate Institute serves as Israel’s National Centre for Physical Education and Sport. The campus doubles as both the State of Israel’s primary university for the development of physical education teachers, as well as the nation’s official training centre for national teams, the Israel Olympic Team, and national and international sports science conferences. The campus hosts the Israel Olympiada annually and the Maccabiah Games every four years. Wingate Stadium also serves as the home field for the Israel National Rugby Team.
48 teams initially entered the tournament. They were drawn into 14 groups in March 2018. However Bulgaria and Haiti later withdrew leaving just 46 teams. The world ranking of the teams based on their performance in the 2014 edition is also displayed. The top 6 teams in the 2014 edition are drawn into the Blue Division while the rest of the teams were drawn into the other divisions.
|Blue Division||Other Divisions|
|Withdrew||Participated in 2014 but not in 2018|
- Wednesday, 11 July – Opening Game (Hong Kong vs. Luxembourg)
- Thursday, 12 July – Opening Ceremony and Pool Play
- Friday, 13 July to Tuesday, 17 July – Pool Play and Play-Ins
- Wednesday, 18 July – Quarterfinals
- Thursday, 19 July – Semifinals
- Friday, 20 July – Final Placement Games (Bronze Medal Game to 46th Place)
- Saturday, 21 July – Gold Medal Game
|1||United States||5||5||0||84||24||+60||Advance to semifinals||—||11–10||17–9||19–1||19–2||18–2|
|3||Iroquois||5||3||2||62||50||+12||Advance to quarterfinals||9–17||5–10||—||16–9||18–7||14–7|
|5||England||5||1||4||32||64||−32||Advance to play-in games||2–19||6–12||7–18||6–7||—||11–8|
|1||Israel||2||2||0||30||5||+25||Advance to upper bracket||—||11–3||—|
|2||Jamaica||2||1||1||20||18||+2||Advance to middle bracket||—||—||17–7|
|3||Russia||2||0||2||9||36||−27||Advance to lower bracket||2–19||—||—|
|1||Japan||2||2||0||42||6||+36||Advance to upper bracket||—||—||18–3|
|3||Netherlands||2||0||2||9||32||−23||Advance to middle bracket||—||6–14||—|
|1||Germany||2||2||0||34||9||+25||Advance to upper bracket||—||—||19–5|
|2||France||2||1||1||14||21||−7||Advance to middle bracket||4–15||—||—|
|3||South Korea||2||0||2||11||29||−18||Advance to lower bracket||—||6–10||—|
|1||Ireland||2||2||0||32||6||+26||Advance to upper bracket||—||—||18–3|
|2||Denmark||2||1||1||17||18||−1||Advance to middle bracket||3–14||—||—|
|3||China||2||0||2||7||32||−25||Advance to lower bracket||—||4–14||—|
|1||Sweden||2||2||0||29||11||+18||Advance to upper bracket||—||13–5||—|
|2||Argentina||2||1||1||19||19||0||Advance to middle bracket||—||—||14–6|
|3||Hungary||2||0||2||12||30||−18||Advance to lower bracket||6–16||—||—|
|1||New Zealand||2||2||0||25||7||+18||Advance to upper bracket||—||9–5||—|
|2||Spain||2||1||1||17||18||−1||Advance to middle bracket||—||—||12–9|
|3||Croatia||2||0||2||11||28||−17||Advance to lower bracket||2–16||—||—|
|1||Finland||2||2||0||31||11||+20||Advance to upper bracket||—||11–7||—|
|2||Austria||2||1||1||20||18||+2||Advance to middle bracket||—||—||13–7|
|3||Colombia||2||0||2||11||33||−22||Advance to lower bracket||4–20||—||—|
|1||Philippines||2||2||0||22||10||+12||Advance to upper bracket||—||11–6||—|
|2||Czech Republic||2||1||1||21||19||+2||Advance to middle bracket||—||—||15–8|
|3||Belgium||2||0||2||12||26||−14||Advance to lower bracket||4–11||—||—|
|1||Switzerland||2||2||0||27||7||+20||Advance to upper bracket||—||10–6||—|
|2||Slovakia||2||1||1||19||11||+8||Advance to middle bracket||—||—||13–1|
|3||Chinese Taipei||2||0||2||2||30||−28||Advance to lower bracket||1–17||—||—|
|1||Puerto Rico||2||2||0||34||7||+27||Advance to upper bracket||—||16–4||—|
|2||Wales||2||1||1||12||20||−8||Advance to middle bracket||—||—||8–4|
|3||Bermuda||2||0||2||7||26||−19||Advance to lower bracket||3–18||—||—|
|1||Italy||2||2||0||29||15||+14||Advance to upper bracket||—||—||16–8|
|2||Peru||2||1||1||25||24||+1||Advance to middle bracket||7–13||—||—|
|3||Turkey||2||0||2||19||34||−15||Advance to lower bracket||—||11–18||—|
|1||Latvia||2||2||0||23||19||+4||Advance to upper bracket||—||—||13–10|
|2||Greece||2||1||1||22||18||+4||Advance to middle bracket||9–10||—||—|
|3||Mexico||2||0||2||18||26||−8||Advance to lower bracket||—||8–13||—|
|1||Hong Kong||3||3||0||45||9||+36||Advance to upper bracket||—||—||16–1||20–1|
|2||Poland||3||2||1||38||19||+19||Advance to middle bracket||7–9||—||16–4||—|
|4||Luxembourg||3||0||3||13||42||−29||Advance to lower bracket||—||6–15||—||—|
The upper bracket includes the 13 first-place finishers from each division as well as the second-place finisher of the white division. These teams can still win the world championship.
Final placement round
1st to 4th place
|Gold medal game|
|Bronze medal game
5th to 8th Place
|5th to 8th place games
|5th place game|
|7th place game|
9th to 12th Place
|9th to 12th place games
|9th place game|
|11th place game|
13th to 16th Place
|13th to 16th place games
|13th place game|
|15th place game|
17th to 20th place
|17th to 20th place games
|17th place game|
|19th place game|
21st to 24th Place
|21st to 24th place games
|21st place game|
|23rd place game|
25th to 28th place
|25th to 28th place games|
|25th place game|
|Hungary||8||27th place game|
29th to 32nd Place
|29th to 32nd place games|
|29th place game|
|31st place game|
33rd to 36th place
|33rd to 36th place games
|33rd place game|
|35th place game|
37th to 40th place
|37th to 40th place games
|37th place game|
|39th place game|
41st to 44th place
|41st to 44th place games
|41st place game|
|43rd place game|
45th to 46th place
|45th place game|
2018 World Lacrosse Festival
Alongside the WLC, youth and adult lacrosse teams from around the world will participate in the 2018 World Lacrosse Festival at Shefayim Soccer Complex.
The following awards were given out at the end of the tournament.
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