Kyle Harrison advancing, pursued by an opponent
is a full contact
outdoor men's sport
played with ten players on each team. The sport originated among Native Americans
, and the modern rules of field lacrosse were initially codified by Canadian William George Beers
in 1867. Field lacrosse is one of three major versions of lacrosse
played internationally. The other versions, women's lacrosse
(established in the 1890s) and box lacrosse
(originated in the 1930s), are played under significantly different rules.
The object of the game is to use a lacrosse stick
, or crosse, to catch, carry, and pass a solid rubber ball in an effort to score by shooting the ball into the opponent's goal. The triangular head of the lacrosse stick has a loose net strung into it that allows the player to hold the lacrosse ball
. In addition to the lacrosse stick, players are required to wear a certain amount of protective equipment. Defensively the object is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to dispossess them of the ball through the use of stick checking and body contact. The rules limit the number of players in each part of the field. It is sometimes referred to as the "fastest sport on two feet".
Lacrosse is governed internationally by the 59-member Federation of International Lacrosse
, which sponsors the World Lacrosse Championships
once every four years. A former Olympic sport
, attempts to reinstate it to the Olympics have been hampered by insufficient international participation. Field lacrosse is played professionally in North America by Major League Lacrosse
. It is also played on a high amateur level by the National Collegiate Athletic Association
in the United States, the Australian Senior Lacrosse Championship
series, and the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association
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