Common Field Markings for Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse
For many years, at least at the international competition level, men’s and women’s lacrosse has been played with different field dimensions and field markings. With many new countries introducing the sport of lacrosse, the FIL, at its General Assembly in June 2012, established a set of common perimeter and bench markings, in the hope of making as many of the field dimensions similar so they are more easily understood, remembered and implemented by lacrosse enthusiasts across the globe.
The benefits in having a common lacrosse field for both men’s and women’s field lacrosse include:
- Increased chance of having permanent lines included in synthetic surfaces
- Reduced time required to mark both a men’s and women’s field
- Less confusion regarding what line is used for what game
- Alignment with other field sports where field markings are the same
- Fields can be more easily shared by both men’ and women’s teams
- Goals can be permanent on grass fields and not have to move for each game
- Increasing potential for inclusion of lacrosse in the Olympics
The following implementation schedule has been established for the unified field:
FIL International events
- 2015 U19 Women’s World Championship – unified dimensions
- 2016 U19 Men’s World Championship – traditional dimensions
- 2017 Women’s World Cup – unified dimensions
- 2018 Men’s World Championship – unified dimensions
- 2019 and beyond – unified dimensions
National and domestic
Changes may be introduced as soon as practical, and are encouraged.
Recognizing that these dimensions are now available and that FIL is recommending members to adopt these domestically at their discretion, we also know that our existing Men’s and Women’s rule books do not contain the new dimensions.
It has been determined that both the Men’s and Women’s Rule books will remain as is until after the 2014 GA, at which time, changes will be made, along with any other approved rules changes.
This will result in the following:
- 2015-16 Men’s Rule book to contain the new field dimensions
- 2015-2018 Women’s Rule book contain the new field dimensions
Summary of changes
A summary of these changes is as follows, with more detail provided in the attached documents.
- Size of field increased from 110 yard X 60 yard to 110 m X 60 m (120.30 yard X 65.62 yard)
- Goal crease radius increased from 3 yard to 3 m (3.28 yard)
- Space behind the goal reduced from 15 yard to 12 m (13.12 yard)
- Substitution area or gate increased from 10 yard to 13 m (14.22 yard)
- Centre face-off X to wing line and goal line to men’s restraining line remain essentially the same but the measurement has been adjusted to metric.
- Additional field length is added to the centre of the field between the 2 restraining lines and the additional width is added between the wing lines and the sidelines.
- Size of field reduced from 120m x 60m to 110m x 60m
- Restraining line reduced from 27m to 25m
- Space behind goal reduced from 15m to 12m
- Team bench area reduced from 28m to 18.5m
Alternative measurements for existing MEN’S facilities
FIL has developed a set of measurements for existing MEN’S fields. These are for the following size pitches:
Unified field pitch – 110m x 60m
Field hockey pitch – 91.4m x 55m
Field with 110m but less than 60m
Field with less than 110m x 60m
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