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World Lacrosse Championship

World Lacrosse Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
31px 2014 World Lacrosse Championship
Sport Lacrosse
Founded 1967
Countries FIL member nations
Most recent champion(s) 23x15px Canada (3rd title)
Most titles 23x15px 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.

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.

World Lacrosse Championship history

Year Champion Runner-Up Championship
Game Score
Host Teams
1967 23x15px United States 23x15px Australia 25-11 23x15px Toronto, Canada 4
1974 23x15px United States 3-way tie 20-14 23x15px Melbourne, Australia 4
1978 23x15px Canada 23x15px United States 17-16 (OT) 23x15px Stockport, England 4
1982 23x15px United States 23x15px Australia 22-14 23x15px Baltimore, United States 4
1986 23x15px United States 23x15px Canada 18-9 23x15px Toronto, Canada 4
1990 23x15px United States 23x15px Canada 19-15 23x15px Perth, Australia 5
1994 23x15px United States 23x15px Australia 21-7 23x15px Manchester, England 6
1998 23x15px United States 23x15px Canada 15-14 (OT) 23x15px Baltimore, United States 11
2002 23x15px United States 23x15px Canada 18-15 23x15px Perth, Australia 16
2006 23x15px Canada 23x15px United States 15-10 23x15px London, Canada 20
2010 23x15px United States 23x15px Canada 12-10 23x15px Manchester, England 29
2014 23x15px Canada 23x15px United States 8-5 23x15px Denver, United States 38
2018 TBC TBC TBC 23x15px Manchester, England

Past Results

Team 1967
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(4)
1974
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(4)
1978
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(4)
1982
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(4)
1986
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(4)
1990
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(5)
1994
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(6)
1998
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(11)
2002
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(15)
2006
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(21)
2010
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(29)
2014
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(38)
23x15px Argentina 28th 36th
23x15px Australia 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th
23x15px Austria 21st 28th
23x15px Belgium 27th
23x15px Bermuda 21st 18th 24th
23x15px Canada 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
23x15px China 33rd
23x15px Colombia 37th
23x15px Costa Rica 38th
23x15px Czech Republic 9th 10th 15th 13th 14th
23x15px Denmark 16th 26th
23x15px England 4th 4th 4th 4th 4th 4th 4th 5th 6th 5th 5th 5th
23x15px Finland 9th 12th 13th
23x15px France 27th 31st
23x15px Germany 6th 8th 8th 6th 9th
Template:Country data Hong Kong 14th 20th 22nd 21st
23x15px Ireland 13th 7th 9th 10th
23x15px Iroquois 5th 5th 4th 4th 4th 3rd
Template:Country data Israel 7th
23x15px Italy 10th 19th 18th
Template:Country data JPN Japan 6th 8th 5th 6th 4th 8th
23x15px Latvia 14th 20th 19th
23x15px Mexico 29th 23rd
23x15px Netherlands 12th 8th 16th
23x15px New Zealand 15th 19th 15th 12th
23x15px Norway 24th 25th
23x15px Poland 14th 20th
23x15px Russia 32nd
23x15px Scotland 7th 7th 11th 7th 6th
23x15px Slovakia 17th 26th
Template:Country data South Korea 11th 18th 25th 35th
23x15px Spain 17th 16th 30th
23x15px Sweden 10th 9th 10th 11th
23x16px  Switzerland 23rd 15th
23x15px Thailand 29th
23x15px Turkey 22nd
23x15px Uganda 34th
23x15px United States 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd
23x15px Wales 11th 12th 13th 11th 17th

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 23x15px United States 9 3 0 12
2 23x15px Canada 3 5 4 12
3 23x15px Australia 0 4 7 11
4 23x15px Iroquois 0 0 1 1

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