English Lacrosse Association

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English Lacrosse
English Lacrosse Logo.png
Founded1892 (1892)
AffiliationFIL, ELF
HeadquartersManchester, United Kingdom
ChairmanJohn Neal
Chief ExecMark Coups
Men's coachTom Wenham
Women's coachPhil Collier
Official website

The English Lacrosse Association is the national governing body for lacrosse in England. The sport is managed through the Men's and Women's Playing Committees and the leagues administered by region: the South of England Men's Lacrosse Association (SEMLA), North of England Men's Lacrosse Association (NEMLA), South East Women's Lacrosse Association (SEWLA), South West Women's Lacrosse Association (SWWLA), and North Women's Lacrosse Association (NWLA).[1] The English Lacrosse Association CEO is Mark Coups.


The governing body was formed in 1892, as the English Lacrosse Union (ELU). In 1996, under the guidance of Sport England, the ELU and All England Women's Lacrosse Association joined together to form one national governing body, the English Lacrosse Association (ELA).[2] The current constitution of the ELA came into effect in 1997.

International competition[edit]

England participates in all Federation of International Lacrosse competitions. All aspects of the national team programs are overseen by the Men's and Women's playing committees, in conjunction with the respective England National Team committees.

Men's field

The England men's national team has played in every World Lacrosse Championship since 1967, earning a Silver medal in 1974. The last world championships to be held in England were the 2010 World Lacrosse Championship, in Manchester, England, where they placed 5th. The men's team has competed in the European Lacrosse Championships since 1995 and has won nine gold medals. This is every European tournament except a silver at 2001 in Cardiff.


The England women's national lacrosse team have played in every Women's Lacrosse World Cup since 1982, and earned silver medals in both the 1989 and 1993 tournaments. The most recent World Cup was held in 2017 in Guildford, Surrey, where the team received a bronze medal.

U19 teams

Both men's and women's national teams have Under-19 teams, they compete in the Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships. The next Men's U-19 world championship will be held in Ireland in 2020. Most recently, the women's team competed in the 2015 FIL Women's U-19 World Lacrosse Championship where they placed 3rd.


England has competed in three World Indoor Lacrosse Championship tournaments: 2007 in Halifax, Canada, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic, and 2015 in Onondada Nation, where they placed 5th. There are no indoor lacrosse leagues present in England, so the team is currently made up from field lacrosse players and ex-pats who play the game in Canada.


  1. ^ "Fixtures & Results". English Lacrosse Association. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  2. ^ "FIL World Championships Preview: Blue Division - England". Inside Lacrosse. Retrieved 23 November 2017.

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