Iroquois men's national lacrosse team

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Iroquois Confederacy
Iroquois Nationals.jpg
Nickname(s) Iroquois Nationals
FIL membership 1987
Association First Nations Lacrosse Association
World Championship
Appearances 7 (first in 1990)
Best result Third place (2014, 2018)

The Iroquois men's national lacrosse team, known as the Iroquois Nationals, represents the Iroquois Confederacy in international field lacrosse competition. They are currently ranked third in the world by the Federation of International Lacrosse after winning Bronze at the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship.[1] The team is organized by the First Nations Lacrosse Association.


The Iroquois Nationals men's lacrosse team was formed and sanctioned by the Grand Council of the Haudenosaunee in 1983 in preparation of friendlies at the NCAA championship in Baltimore, Maryland.[2] The Nationals lost to the Syracuse Orange 28-5 and the Hobart Statesmen 22-14.[3] Prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics, the Nationals held the Jim Thorpe Memorial Games and Pow-Wow, a 6-team event with local and international teams in Los Angeles.[2] The nationals achieved their first victory over the national team of England. The following year, using their Haudenosaunee passports, the Nationals traveled and toured England losing only once.[3]

After being denied membership by the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) to compete in the 1986 World Lacrosse Championship in Canada, the Iroquois hosted the teams for preliminary games at the University of Buffalo.[2] The IFL accepted the Iroquois as a full member nation in 1988.

The Iroquois Nationals took part in their first international competition at the 1990 World Lacrosse Championship in Australia, finishing fifth out of five teams. They warmed up for the world championship by competing in the Lacrosse USA tournament in Syracuse against top men's club teams.[4]

Nike deal[edit]

In 2006, the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Program signed a partnership with Nike, Inc. in which Nike will provide the Nationals with their brand uniforms, clothing, footwear, and other equipment.[5] The company is to develop programs to "promote wellness-and-fitness activities in Native American communities throughout the region", and team members may go to speak to local groups. Team members will also assist in testing of sustainable produced sportswear for Nike's research and development of processes to use non-toxic dyes and biodegradable organic cotton.[6]

Nike is the only Fortune 500 company to have such a relationship with a Native American organization, and the Iroquois Nationals are the only such group.[7]

Passport issues[edit]

The Nationals were unable to attend and compete in the 2010 World Lacrosse Championship in England as the United Kingdom did not accept their Iroquois passports. The Nationals were forced to forfeit their three preliminary games.[8][9] In 2018, the Nationals travel to Israel was delayed 48 hours because of nonrecognition of their Haudenosaunee passports. The team ultimately cleared customs in Israel the opening day of the event.[10]


Event Member Award
2002 WLC Neal Powless All World Team
2006 WLC Brent Bucktooth All World Team - Midfield
2014 WLC Lyle Thompson All World Team - Attack
2014 WLC Jeremy Thompson All World Team - Midfield
2018 WLC Austin Staats All World Team - Midfield

World Lacrosse Championship[edit]

Overall results[edit]

World Lacrosse Championship
Year Host GP W L GF GA Finish
1990 Australia 4 0 4 31 62 5th
1994 England 6 2 4 68 87 5th
1998 United States 7 2 5 56 115 4th
2002 Australia 7 2 5 55 100 4th
2006 Canada 8 4 4 125 107 4th
2010 England 3 0 3 0 3 -
2014 United States 8 5 3 96 75 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
2018 Israel 8 5 3 94 84 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Total 51 20 31 525 633 2 Bronze Medals









Other tournaments and games[edit]





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  1. ^ "World Rankings". Federation of International Lacrosse. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  2. ^ a b c Lyons, Oren. "From Humble Beginnings in 1982, Iroquois Teams Are Now Among the World's Best". Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  3. ^ a b Price, S.L. (2010-07-19). "Pride of a Nation". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  4. ^ Wallace, William (June 12, 1990). "Putting Tradition to the Test". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  5. ^ Ditota, Donna (July 13, 2006). "Iroquois Nationals fitted with dignity". Syracuse Post-Standard. Onondaga Nation. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  6. ^ Fryling, Kevin (2006-07-27). "Nike deal promotes Native American wellness, lacrosse". University of Buffalo Reporter. Retrieved 2006-07-28.
  7. ^ (2006-05-04). "Nike Begins Historic Partnership With The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Organization". Press release. Nike, Inc. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  8. ^ Marshall, Tabitha (August 15, 2013). "The Iroquois Nationals and the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  9. ^ Gross, Samanatha (14 July 2010). "UK won't let Iroquois lacrosse team go to tourney". San Diego Union-Tribune. AP. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  10. ^ Deer, Jessica (12 July 2018). "Iroquois Nationals arrive in Israel for World Lacrosse Championships after passport issues resolved". CBC. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
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