Federation of International Lacrosse

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Federation of International Lacrosse
Federation of International Lacrosse logo.png
Sport Lacrosse
Jurisdiction International
Abbreviation FIL
Founded August 2008
Headquarters 3 Concorde Gate, Suite 306
Location Toronto, Ontario
President Stan Cockerton
Vice president Steve Stenersen
Men's coach Terry Harding
Women's coach Shelley Maher
Other key staff Tom Hayes
Official website

The Federation of International Lacrosse, shortened to FIL, was established in August 2008 by a merger of both the men's and women's international lacrosse associations.[1] Its headquarters are located in Toronto, Ontario, in Canada. The organization is responsible for the World Lacrosse Championship and Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships for both men and women as well as the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.

FIL is the only international sport organization to recognize First Nations at the national level; the Iroquois Nationals represent the Iroquois Confederacy that spans New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania and Quebec.


Full members[edit]

Country Member Name
 Argentina Argentina Lacrosse Association
 Australia Australian Lacrosse Association
 Austria Austrian Lacrosse Association
 Belgium Belgian Lacrosse Federation
 Bermuda Bermuda Lacrosse Association
 Canada Canadian Lacrosse Association
 China China Lacrosse Association
 Czech Republic Czech Lacrosse Union
 Denmark Dansk Lacrosse Forbund
 England English Lacrosse Association
 Finland Finnish Lacrosse Association
 France France Lacrosse
 Germany German Lacrosse Association
 Hong Kong Hong Kong Lacrosse Association
 Ireland Ireland Lacrosse
 Iroquois Confederacy First Nations Lacrosse Association
 Israel Israel Lacrosse
 Italy Italian Lacrosse Federation
 Japan Japan Lacrosse Association
 South Korea Korea Lacrosse Association
 Latvia Latvia Lacrosse Federation
 Netherlands Netherlands Lacrosse
 New Zealand New Zealand Amateur Lacrosse Union
 Norway Norwegian Lacrosse Federation
 Scotland Lacrosse Scotland
 Slovakia Slovak Lacrosse Federation
 Spain Spanish Lacrosse Association
 Sweden Sweden Lacrosse
  Switzerland Swiss Lacrosse Federation
 Chinese Taipei (as Taiwan) Taiwan Lacrosse Association
 Thailand Thailand Lacrosse Association
 Turkey Turkish Lacrosse Association
 United States US Lacrosse
 Wales Welsh Lacrosse Association

Associate Members[edit]

Country Member Name
 Bulgaria Bulgarian Lacrosse Federation
 Colombia Colombia Lacrosse
 Costa Rica Costa Rica Lacrosse Sporting Federation
 Croatia Croatian Lacrosse Association
 Estonia Eesti Lacrossiliit
 Greece Greece Lacrosse
 Guatemala Lacrosse Guatemala
 Haiti Fédération Haïtienne de Lacrosse
 Hungary Hungarian Lacrosse Federation
 Jamaica Jamaica Lacrosse Association
 Kenya Kenya Lacrosse Association
 Malaysia Malaysia Lacrosse Association
 Mexico Mexican Lacrosse Federation
 Peru Peruvian Lacrosse Association
 Philippines Philippines Lacrosse Association
 Poland Polish Lacrosse Federation
 Portugal Portuguese Lacrosse Association
 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Lacrosse
 Qatar Qatar Lacrosse Association
 Russia Russia Lacrosse
 Serbia Serbian Lacrosse Federation
 Singapore Lacrosse Association of Singapore
 Slovenia Slovenia Lacrosse
 Uganda Uganda Lacrosse

"Emerging nations"[edit]

  • Armenia
  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Ethiopia
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Namibia
  • Northern Ireland
  • Pakistan
  • Puerto Rico
  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • Ukraine
  • Vietnam

Predecessor organizations[edit]

International Lacrosse Federation[edit]

The International Lacrosse Federation was founded in 1974 to promote and develop the game of men's lacrosse throughout the world. As of 2007, the international governing bodies for men's and women's lacrosse were separate, which was one of the obstacles of lacrosse one day becoming an Olympic sport. In August 2008, the ILF and the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) merged to become the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).

The ILF conducted the World Lacrosse Championship, World Indoor Lacrosse Championship and Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships, all of which were taken over by the FIL.

International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations[edit]

The International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) was formed in 1972 to promote and develop the game of women's lacrosse throughout the world. It wound up its affairs in August 2008 when it agreed to merge with the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF), the former governing body for men's lacrosse, to form the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).

At the time of the merger, IFWLA was attempting to increase interest in women's lacrosse in South America. Promoting all levels of lacrosse included the IFWLA sponsorship of the Women's Lacrosse World Cup and the Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships, tournaments taken over by the FIL.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Logue, Brian (13 August 2008). "ILF, IFWLA Merge to Form FIL". US Lacrosse. Lacrosse Magazine. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 

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