Lacrosse in Israel

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Lacrosse in Israel is a minor sport, with 700 players as of June 2015.[1]

Israel Lacrosse Association[edit]

Israel Lacrosse Association
Sport Lacrosse
Founded 2010
Affiliation European Lacrosse Federation Federation of International Lacrosse
Headquarters Ashkelon, Israel
Coach William Beroza
Official website
www.lacrosse.co.il
Israel

The Israel Lacrosse Association (ILA) is the official governing body of lacrosse in Israel and is a member of the Federation of International Lacrosse and the European Lacrosse Federation.[2] It was founded to develop and promote lacrosse within Israel and strives to offer lacrosse to Israelis of all ages.[3] Israel Lacrosse was founded in 2010 by Scott Neiss who previously served as an Executive for the National Lacrosse League, along with William Beroza and Howard Borkan.[4] It was officially recognized by the Federation of International Lacrosse in April 2011.[5]

Israel Premier Lacrosse League[edit]

The Israel Premier Lacrosse League (IPPL) is the premier lacrosse league in Israel, which debuted in 2015.[6] The league competes during summer months only, in an attempt to attract players from abroad to participate.[7]

Teams[edit]

The IPLL had four teams in the 2015 season before expanding to six in 2016.[8]

Team 2015 2016 Notes
Ashdod LC N/A X 2016 expansion team[9]
Ashkelon LC X X Third official club - [10]
Barak Netanya LC X X Second official club[11]
Be'er Sheva LC N/A X 2016 expansion team[12]
Haifa LC X X First official club[11]
Kiryat Gat LC N/A X
Tel Aviv LC X N/A Fourth official club,[13] suspended operations after 2015.[12]

Fields[edit]

There are six stadiums used by the IPLL which are:

Field City
Ashdod Sport Club Ashdod
New Municipal Stadium Ashkelon
Mikha Reisser Field Be’er Sheva
Kiryat Gat Synthetic Kiryat Gat
Tubruq Field Netanya
Wolfson Fields Tel Aviv

2015 season[edit]

The 2015 season was the inaugural season of the IPLL. Barak Netanya LC won the IPLL Championship with a win over Haifa LC, with Bryan Hopper winning the EL AL Player of the Game award.[14] A total of 16 games were played, with each team playing eight games.

Pos Team GP W L
1 Barak Netanya LC 8 6 2
2 Haifa LC 8 6 2
3 Ashkelon LC 8 3 5
4 Tel Aviv LC 8 1 7

Source:[15]

2016 season[edit]

The 2016 season of the IPLL was their second season. Tel Aviv LC decided to suspend operations for the 2016 season, however Ashdod LC, Kiryat Gat LC, and Be'er Sheva LC joined the league for the 2016 season. A total of 22 games were played, with each team playing either seven or eight games.

Rank Team GP W L Score Points
1 Be'er Sheva LC 7 6 1 68:53 6
2 Haifa LC 7 5 2 70:26 5
3 Ashkelon LC 8 5 3 64:63 5
4 Ashdod LC 7 4 3 52:48 4
5 Barak Netanya LC 7 1 6 45:75 1
6 Kiryat Gat LC 8 1 7 44:78 1

Source: [16]

Tournaments[edit]

Israel has both a men's and women's national team, which competes at both European and World levels.

European Lacrosse Championships[edit]

In 2016, Israel won the Silver Medal, placing second in a field of 24, England won the gold 7-6 in regulation play. This was Israel's first medal in international play.[17]

Year Result
Czech Republic 1995 Did not enter
Germany 1996 Did not enter
Sweden 1997 Did not enter
England 1999 Did not enter
Scotland 2000 Did not enter
Wales 2001 Did not enter
Czech Republic 2004 Did not enter
Finland 2008 Did not enter
Netherlands 2012 8th place
Hungary 2016 2nd, silver medalist(s)

World Lacrosse Championships[edit]

Israel qualified for the Men's 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in Denver,[18][19] finishing in 7th place.

Year Result
Canada 1967 Did not enter
Australia 1974 Did not enter
England 1978 Did not enter
United States 1982 Did not enter
Canada 1986 Did not enter
Australia 1990 Did not enter
England 1994 Did not enter
United States 1998 Did not enter
Australia 2002 Did not enter
Canada 2006 Did not enter
England 2010 Did not enter
United States 2014 7th place

Women's European Lacrosse Championships[edit]

Year Result
Germany 1996 Did not enter
Sweden 1997 Did not enter
Czech Republic 1998 Did not enter
England 1999 Did not enter
Scotland 2000 Did not enter
Germany 2003 Did not enter
Czech Republic 2004 Did not enter
Finland 2008 Did not enter
Netherlands 2012 Did not enter
Czech Republic 2015 4th place

Women's Lacrosse World Cup[edit]

Year Result
England 1982 Did not enter
United States 1986 Did not enter
Australia 1989 Did not enter
Scotland 1993 Did not enter
Japan 1997 Did not enter
England 2001 Did not enter
United States 2005 Did not enter
Czech Republic 2009 Did not enter
Canada 2013 8th place
England2017 Qualified - TBD

Shabbat Policy[edit]

The ILA has a consistent position of not playing or scheduling games on the Shabbat.[20] Israel Lacrosse released a statement saying: “As a new sport to Israel it is imperative . . . we cannot ignore that reasonably large percentage of our nations’ people, our teams’ players and our associations’ members would be offended if we took the field on Shabbat.” The organization has stated that the policy is a national identity issue, not a religious issue.

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