(From Finnish Lacrosse Association website) The 2012 FIL U19 Men’s World Lacrosse Championships will be played in Turku, Finland from the 12th to the 21st of July 2012. The finals will be played on Saturday 21st of July.
So far 13 teams have registered for the championships; Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Iroquois Nationals, Netherlands, Scotland, USA and Wales.
The main venue of the event is Yläkenttä which is located in beautiful Urheilupuisto park walking distance from the city centre. Yläkenttä is the home field of Lacrosse Club Turku Titans, football team Turku Trojans and women’s soccer team FC TPS. The stadium has a seating capacity of 1000. Yläkenttä was built in 1988, but new third generation turf surface was installed in 2008.
Two other fields are located at the Kupittaa Sports Park. The Championships’ games will be played on the newer Kupittaa 2 turf field and Festival games on Kupittaa 5 field. There is free access to the games at Kupittaa area.
Festival tournament will have three divisions: men, men U19 and boys U16. Special guests Kyle Harrison and Joe Walters will be running clinics among the tournament. The festival tournament will take place on week 29. Feel free to spread the word out. More information on the Festival Tournament will be updated on our website www.2012worldlacrosse.com as soon as possible.
All tickets for the games at the main venue will be sold through the official website of the games. Tickets for the finals, as well as season tickets, will be made available as soon as the ticketing service is tested.
Host Organization Website: www.lacrosse.fi
Official FIL 2012 U19 World Championship Website: www.2012worldlacrosse.com
Matti Tähkäpää – Chairman of Organizing Committee | firstname.lastname@example.org
Oula Lehtinen – Business Development Manager | email@example.com
For specific inquiries:
Festival tournament: Petri Kontulainen | firstname.lastname@example.org
Accomodation, meals and transportation: Tero Keva | email@example.com
About the Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships
The Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships (U-19’s) are held separately for men and women about every 4 years to find the world champions for the under-19 age group in lacrosse. Through the 2008 men’s U-19 championship, the men’s championship was sanctioned by the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) and the women’s championship was sanctioned by the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA). In August 2008, the two bodies merged to form the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL), which now governs both competitions.
The U-19 Championship was first held for men in 1988 and for women in 1995. The United States has won the Men’s U-19s every single year it has been held and has won the Women’s U-19s for the past four events.
About the FIL
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently sanctions five World Championships (women’s and men’s field, women’s and men’s U19 field and men’s indoor). The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world.