World Lacrosse Championship

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World Lacrosse Championship
Sport Field lacrosse
Founded 1967
Countries FIL member nations
Most recent
champion(s)
 United States (10th title)
Most titles  United States (10 titles)
Official website Official website
Current sports event 2018 World Lacrosse Championship

The World Lacrosse Championship (WLC) is the international men's field lacrosse championship organized by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) that occurs every four years.

The WLC began before any international lacrosse organization had been formed. It started as a four-team invitational tournament which coincided with Canada's centennial lacrosse celebration in 1967. Canada, the United States, Australia, and England participated. Seven years later, Australia celebrated its lacrosse centenary and another four-team invitational tournament was held between the same countries. After that tournament in 1974, the first international governing body for men's lacrosse was formed, the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF). The ILF merged with the women's governing body in 2008 to form the FIL.[1]

The USA has won the championship ten times and Canada the other three.[1] The 2014 tournament in Denver featured a record thirty-eight competing nations. The 2018 WLC in Israel will be the first championship held outside of Australia, Canada, England and the United States.

Editions[edit]

2006 Championship[edit]

Canada defeated the United States 15–10 in the Gold medal game of the 2006 World Championship in London, Ontario. Geoff Snider of Team Canada was named tournament MVP.

2010 Championship[edit]

The 2010 WLC was held in Manchester, England from July 15 to July 24. For the first time, a FIL World Lacrosse Festival was sanctioned to run alongside the world championships.

With more nations entering, the Round Robin stage of the tournament featured 30 nations and was split into 7 divisions, considerably larger than ever before. The Iroquois Nationals were unable to participate because the host nation did not recognize the validity of passports issued by the Iroquois confederacy.[2]

The United States defeated Canada 12–10 in the Gold medal game to capture their ninth victory at the World Lacrosse Championship.[3]

2014 Championship[edit]

The 2014 WLC was held on July 10–19, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids soccer team.[4] 38 nations participated in over 142 games. The countries with the top six rankings - Australia, Canada, England, Iroquois, Japan, and the United States - competed in the Blue Division.

Belgium, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Israel, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, and Uganda all competed in the event for the first time.[5]

Canada defeated the United States 8–5 in the Gold medal game to capture their third World Lacrosse Championship.

2018 Championship[edit]

The 2018 WLC was held on July 11–21, 2018 in Netanya, Israel, at Netanya Stadium and Wingate Institute. 46 nations participated in tournament games. The countries with the top six rankings - Australia, Canada, England, Iroquois, Scotland, and the United States - competed in the Blue Division.

United States defeated Canada in the Gold medal game, dramatically scoring the winning goal at the last second.

Championship hosts[edit]

Hosting responsibilities for the 12 championships from 1967 to 2014 were evenly divided between four countries, with the United States, Canada, Australia, and England each hosting three times.

The 2018 championship in Israel was the first time the tournament expands beyond the traditional four hosts. For the 2018 edition, the FIL had originally selected England in 2013, but English Lacrosse withdrew in 2017, citing “unacceptable financial risk”, and Israel was selected instead.

Winners[edit]

Year Host Champion Score Runner-up Number of teams
1967 Canada
Toronto, Ontario

United States
League
Australia
4
1974 Australia
Melbourne, Australia

United States

England
4
1978 England
Stockport, England

Canada
17–16 (OT)
United States
4
1982 United States
Baltimore, Maryland

United States
22–14
Australia
4
1986 Canada
Toronto, Ontario

United States
18–9
Canada
4
1990 Australia
Perth, Australia

United States
19–15
Canada
5
1994 England
Bury, England

United States
21–7
Australia
6
1998 United States
Baltimore, Maryland

United States
15–14 (OT)
Canada
11
2002 Australia
Perth, Australia

United States
18–15
Canada
16
2006 Canada
London, Ontario

Canada
15–10
United States
21
2010 England
Manchester, England

United States
12–10
Canada
29
2014 United States
Denver, Colorado

Canada
8–5
United States
38
2018 Israel
Netanya, Israel

United States
9-8
Canada
46
2022 Canada
Coquitlam, British Columbia
TBD TBD TBD 30

Performance by team[edit]

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 10 3 0 13
2  Canada 3 6 4 13
3  Australia 0 3 7 10
4  England 0 1 0 1
5  Iroquois 0 0 2 2

Performance by tournament[edit]

Team 1967
Canada
(4)
1974
Australia
(4)
1978
England
(4)
1982
United States
(4)
1986
Canada
(4)
1990
Australia
(5)
1994
England
(6)
1998
United States
(11)
2002
Australia
(15)
2006
Canada
(21)
2010
England
(29)
2014
United States
(38)
2018
Israel
(46)
 Argentina 28th 36th 39th
 Australia 2nd 4th 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 4th
 Austria 21st 28th 24th
 Belgium 27th 30th
 Bermuda 21st 18th 24th 37th
 Canada 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd
 China 33rd 42nd
 Colombia 37th 45th
 Costa Rica 38th
 Croatia 44th
 Czech Republic 9th 10th 15th 13th 14th 26th
 Denmark 16th 26th 34th
 England 4th 2nd 4th 4th 4th 4th 4th 5th 6th 5th 5th 5th 5th
 Finland 9th 12th 13th 15th
 France 27th 31st 33rd
 Germany 6th 8th 8th 6th 9th 9th
 Greece 19th
 Hong Kong 14th 20th 22nd 21st 27th
 Hungary 28th
 Ireland 13th 7th 9th 10th 12th
 Iroquois 5th 5th 4th 4th 4th 3rd 3rd
 Israel 7th 7th
 Italy 10th 19th 18th 16th
 Jamaica 13th
 Japan 6th 8th 5th 6th 4th 8th 6th
 Latvia 14th 20th 19th 18th
 Luxembourg 46th
 Mexico 29th 23rd 38th
 Netherlands 12th 8th 16th 22nd
 New Zealand 15th 19th 15th 12th 21st
 Norway 24th 25th 17th
 Peru 39th
 Philippines 10th
 Poland 14th 20th 32nd
 Puerto Rico 8th
 Russia 32nd 36th
 Scotland 7th 7th 11th 7th 6th 11th
 Slovakia 17th 26th 23rd
 South Korea 11th 18th 25th 35th 35th
 Spain 17th 16th 30th 31st
 Sweden 10th 9th 10th 11th 25th
  Switzerland 23rd 15th 20th
 Taiwan 41st
 Thailand 29th
 Turkey 22nd 43rd
 Uganda 34th 40th
 United States 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
 Wales 11th 12th 13th 11th 17th 14th

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Men's History and Results". Federation of International Lacrosse. 
  2. ^ "Iroquois Lacrosse Team Faces Hardships by Traveling on Their Own Passports". Cultural Survival. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ "FIL World Championships: USA Takes Gold With 12-10 Win Over Canada". Inside Lacrosse. Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Schedule Released for FIL World Championship". March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Record Field for 2014 FIL World Championship". March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 

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