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World Lacrosse Championship

World Lacrosse Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 World Lacrosse Championship
Sport Lacrosse
Founded 1967
Countries FIL member nations
Most recent champion(s) Canada (3rd title)
Most titles United States (9 titles)

The World Lacrosse Championship (WLC) is the world championship for international men's field lacrosse. From its inception in 1967 through the 2006 event, it was sanctioned by the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF). In 2008, the ILF merged with the former governing body for women's lacrosse, the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA), to form the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). Future World Championships will be sanctioned by FIL.

The WLC began as a four-team invitational tournament which coincided with Canada's centennial lacrosse celebration in 1967. Seven years later, Australia celebrated its lacrosse centenary, and the USA fielded an all-star team to compete in a similar international invitational tournament. It was here that the concept of holding a World Championship tournament every four years was born. The championship has not left North America since the tournament started, with the USA capturing nine victories and Canada the other three. The 2014 championships featured a record thirty-eight competing nations.


  • Editions 1
    • 2006 Championship 1.1
    • 2010 Championship 1.2
    • 2014 Championship 1.3
  • Winners 2
  • Performance by team 3
    • Medal table 3.1
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


2006 Championship

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

2010 Championship

The 2010 World Lacrosse Championship was held in Manchester, England from July 15 to July 24. For the first time in the history of the World Lacrosse Championships, a FIL World Lacrosse Festival had been sanctioned to run alongside the FIL World Championships.

With more nations entering, the Round Robin stage of the tournament now 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.[1]

Keeping with the colour themed divisions from previous Championships, in addition to the Blue, Red, Orange and Yellow divisions there would also now be Plum, Turquoise and Gray divisions.

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

2014 Championship

The 2014 World Lacrosse Championship will be held July 10–19, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids soccer team.[2] 38 nations are scheduled to participate 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; the top four teams in this division advanced to the quarterfinals or semifinals automatically.

Belgium, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Israel, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, and Uganda all competed in the event for the first time.[3]

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


Year Champion Runner-Up Championship
Game Score
Host Teams
1967 United States Australia 25–11 Toronto, Canada 4
1974 United States 3-way tie 20–14 Melbourne, Australia 4
1978 Canada United States 17–16 (OT) Stockport, England 4
1982 United States Australia 22–14 Baltimore, United States 4
1986 United States Canada 18–9 Toronto, Canada 4
1990 United States Canada 19–15 Perth, Australia 5
1994 United States Australia 21–7 Manchester, England 6
1998 United States Canada 15–14 (OT) Baltimore, United States 11
2002 United States Canada 18–15 Perth, Australia 16
2006 Canada United States 15–10 London, Canada 21
2010 United States Canada 12–10 Manchester, England 29
2014 Canada United States 8–5 Denver, United States 38
2018 TBC TBC TBC Manchester, England

Performance by team

Team 1967












 Argentina 28th 36th
Australia 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th
 Austria 21st 28th
 Belgium 27th
 Bermuda 21st 18th 24th
Canada 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
 China 33rd
 Colombia 37th
 Costa Rica 38th
 Czech Republic 9th 10th 15th 13th 14th
 Denmark 16th 26th
England 4th 4th 4th 4th 4th 4th 4th 5th 6th 5th 5th 5th
 Finland 9th 12th 13th
 France 27th 31st
 Germany 6th 8th 8th 6th 9th
 Hong Kong 14th 20th 22nd 21st
 Ireland 13th 7th 9th 10th
Iroquois 5th 5th 4th 4th 4th 3rd
 Israel 7th
 Italy 10th 19th 18th
Japan 6th 8th 5th 6th 4th 8th
 Latvia 14th 20th 19th
 Mexico 29th 23rd
 Netherlands 12th 8th 16th
 New Zealand 15th 19th 15th 12th
 Norway 24th 25th
 Poland 14th 20th
 Russia 32nd
Scotland 7th 7th 11th 7th 6th
 Slovakia 17th 26th
 South Korea 11th 18th 25th 35th
Spain 17th 16th 30th
 Sweden 10th 9th 10th 11th
  Switzerland 23rd 15th
 Thailand 29th
 Turkey 22nd
 Uganda 34th
United States 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd
 Wales 11th 12th 13th 11th 17th

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 9 3 0 12
2 Canada 3 5 4 12
3 Australia 0 4 7 11
4 Iroquois 0 0 1 1

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Schedule Released for FIL World Championship". March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Record Field for 2014 FIL World Championship". March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 

External links

  • US Lacrosse website
  • U.S. Men's National Team History
  • Team Canada Men's Lacrosse website
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