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

World Lacrosse Championship
SportField lacrosse
CountriesWorld Lacrosse member nations
Most recent
 United States (10th title)
Most titles United States (10 titles)
Official websiteOfficial website
Current sports event 2018 World Lacrosse Championship

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 Federation of International Lacrosse, which changed its name to World Lacrosse in 2019.[1]

The USA has won the championship ten times and Canada the other three.[1] With 46 nations competing, the 2018 WLC in Israel was the largest tournament and was the first championship held outside of Australia, Canada, England or the United States.


2006 ChampionshipEdit

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 ChampionshipEdit

The 2010 WLC was held in Manchester, England from July 15 to July 24. For the first time, a 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 ChampionshipEdit

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 ChampionshipEdit

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 controversial game-winning goal at the last second.[6]

Championship hostsEdit

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, World Lacrosse had originally selected England in 2013, but English Lacrosse withdrew in 2017, citing “unacceptable financial risk”, and Israel was selected instead.


Performance by teamEdit

Medal tableEdit

1  United States103013
2  Canada36413
3  Australia03710
4  England0101
5  Iroquois0022
Totals (5 nations)13131339

Performance by tournamentEdit

Team 1967
  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 43rd
  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 44th
  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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Men's History and Results". World Lacrosse. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  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.
  6. ^ "Schreiber's controversial goal lifts U.S. over Canada in field worlds final | National Post". National Post. 21 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2019.

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