World Event History & Results

Men’s World Championship

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© 2014 Canada Lacrosse – Canada upsets the USA 8-5 for its third all-time gold medal at the 2014 World Championship in Denver, CO.

The initial World Championship was a four-team invitational tournament that coincided with Canada’s centennial lacrosse celebration in 1967. The Mt. Washington (Md.) Lacrosse Club represented the United States and won the tournament. Seven years later, Australia celebrated its lacrosse centennial, and the U.S. fielded an all-star team to compete in a similar international invitational tournament with Canada and England again. It was here that the concept of holding a world championship tournament every four years was born and the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) formed.

In 2008 the ILF merged with the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) to form the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL)—the present governing body for both men’s and women’s world championship lacrosse.

The U.S. has captured nine World Lacrosse Championships, including the most recent event in 2010 hosted in Manchester, England. Canada has captured three championships throughout the history of the event with it’s most recent championship coming in a stunning 8-5 upset of the US at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in Denver, Colorado.

Canada will defend it’s championship at the 2018 Men’s World Lacrosse Championship in Manchester, England, 12-21 July 2018.

Year Champion Runner-up Score Site
1967* USA Australia 25-11 Toronto, Ontario CAN
1974 USA 3-Way Tie 20-14 Melbourne, Australia
1978 Canada USA 17-16 (OT) Stockport, England
1982 USA Australia 22-14 Baltimore, MD USA
1986 USA Canada 18-9 Toronto, Ontario CAN
1990 USA Canada 19-15 Perth, Australia
1994 USA Australia 21-7 Manchester, England
1998 USA Canada 15-14 (OT) Baltimore, MD USA
2002 USA Canada 18-15 Perth, Australia
2006 Canada USA 15-10 London, Ontario CAN
2010 USA Canada 12-10 Manchester, England
2014 Canada USA 8-5 Denver, CO USA
2018 Results TBD | Tournament: July 10-19, 2014 Manchester, England

* The 1967 team was the Mt. Washington Lacrosse Club from Baltimore, Md.

Men’s U19 World Championship

The International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) sanctioned the first ever Under-19 World Championship in Adelaide, Australia back in 1988. Canada finished second to the United States in that first ILF U-19 World Championship.

Since then the United States has gone on to win six more world championships, seven in all. Going in to the 2012 event, the US had a perfect 36-0 record in World Championship play.

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© 2012 US Lacrosse – The US U19 team comes back from two defeats to win 2012 gold over Canada 10-8 in Turku, Finland. Photo © Tero Wester

The 2012 U19 World Championship, however, proved to be the toughest challenge yet for any US team. The US extended their unbeaten record to 37-0 with a win over Australia before losing for the first time ever in round robin action to Canada 11-9 in overtime. After a win over England, the US lost again in the round robins to the Iroquois Nationals 15-13. The US entered medal play with two losses and were playing as an underdog for the first time in the history of the event. The US showed its mettle in the medals by avenging its loss to the Iroquois in the semi finals with a 12-7 win, then by defeating Canada for the gold 10-8. The Iroquois took the bronze medal with a dominant win over England.

Canada has been runner-up five times, starting in 1988 and then in each of the last four tournaments. Australia has placed second twice in the seven tournaments held.

The next U19 World Championship will take place 7th – 16th July 2016 in Coquitlam, BC, Canada.

Year Champion Runner-up Score Site
1988 USA Canada 12-5 Adelaide, Australia
1992 USA Canada 24-11 Long Island, NY USA
1996 USA Australia 13-8 Tokyo, Japan
1999 USA Canada 14-7 Adelaide, Australia
2003 USA Canada 19-10 Baltimore, MD USA
2008 USA Canada 19-12 Coquitlam, BC CAN
2012 USA Canada 10-8 Turku, Finland
2016 ??? ??? ??-?? Coquitlam, BC CAN

World Indoor Lacrosse Championship

The World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC) was sponsored by the International Lacrosse Federation through 2007 and and is now sponsored by the sport’s unified governing body, the Federation of International Lacrosse.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (September 27, 2015) Canada’s world dominance in box lacrosse continued with 12-8 victory over the Iroquois, earning Canada its fourth consecutive world indoor championship and stretching its all-time record to 23-0 in WILC play. Photo: Coyote Magic Action Shots.

The inaugural event was held in Hamilton, Kitchener, Mississauga, and Oshawa, Ontario, Canada in May 2003. National teams from Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Iroquois Nation, Scotland and the United States participated. Canada won gold defeating the Iroquois Nation in the final by a score of 21-4. The United States took the bronze.

The most recent WILC was held at the birthplace of lacrosse on the Onondaga Nation’s native grounds in Syracuse, N.Y. Thirteen teams competed in the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, including six new nations (Finland, Germany, Israel, Serbia, Switzerland, and Turkey). The medal results were the same as the previous three championships with Canada earning the gold, the Iroquois taking the silver and the U.S. winning the bronze. Surprising newcomer, Israel, finished in 4th. The remaining order of finish was England 5th, Ireland 6th, Czech Republic 7th, Australia 8th, Finland 9th, Turkey 10th, Germany 11th, Serbia 12th, and Switzerland 13th. Canada’s dominance in box lacrosse continued as it remained undefeated in WILC play at 23-0.

The 2019 WILC will be played in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

Year Champion Runner-up Score Site
2003 Canada Iroquois 21-4 Canada*
2007 Canada Iroquois 15-14 OT Halifax, NS CAN
2011 Canada Iroquois 13-6 Prague, CR
2015 Canada Iroquois 12-8 Onondaga Nation
Syracuse, NY USA
2019 ??? ??? ??-?? Langley, BC CAN

* The inaugural WILC event was held in Hamilton, Kitchener, Mississauga and Oshawa, Ontario.

Women’s World Cup

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© 2013 FIL – Team USA dominated its competition at the 2013 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario. The US went 7-0, outscoring the field 127-35 in route to the gold medal. Photo by Jay Johnston via Game Day Photography

The International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) was formed in 1972 to promote and develop the game of women’s lacrosse throughout the world. Inaugural members were Australia, England, Scotland, Wales and the United States. The number of member countries has grown rapidly as lacrosse popularity has spread.

The IFWLA World Cup started in 1982 as an international lacrosse tournament that is held every four years, except in 1989 when it had only been three years since the 1986 IFWLA World Championship. The first World Cup was hosted in Nottingham, England. The United States team has won every World Cup except 1986 and 2005 where it finished second behind Australia.

In 2007 the IFWLA merged with their men’s lacrosse counterpart, the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF), to form the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) – the current governing body of international lacrosse championships.

In the latest event, Team USA made it two straight gold medals and seven overall when it defeated host Canada 19-5 at the 2013 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario.

Upcoming World Cup event:
• 2017 Women’s Word Cup — 13th – 22nd July 2017, Guildford, England

Year Champion Runner-up Score Site
1982 USA Australia 10-7 ET* Nottingham, England
1986 Australia USA 10-7 Philadelphia, PA USA
1989 USA England 6-5 SD OT** Perth, Australia
1993 USA England 4-1 Edinburgh, Scotland
1997 USA Australia 3-2 SD OT** Tokyo, Japan
2001 USA Australia 14-8 High Wycombe, England
2005 Australia USA 14-7 Annapolis, MD USA
2009 USA Australia 8-7 Prague, Czech Republic
2013 USA Canada 19-5 Oshawa, Canada
2017 ??? ??? ??-?? Guildford, England

* Extra Time; Three additional minutes each way/straight change of ends. If after “extra time” the score is still tied, then three minute halves are played on Sudden Death basis (first goal wins).
** Sudden Death Overtime; first goal scored in overtime is the game winner.

Women’s U19 World Championship

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© 2015 FIL – Canada (7-1) held off a United States rally to win its first FIL U19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championship gold medal. The USA (7-1) earned its second silver medal after winning four straight golds in 1999, 2003, ’07 and ’11. Photo by David May via DEphoto.

The International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) held its first U-19 World Championship in 1995. Australia defeated the United States 5-4 in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

The U.S. then beat Australia in four straight finals since then. In 1999, the U.S. defeated the Aussies 15-8 on their home turf in Perth. They doubled-up on Australia in 2003, this time winning the championship 21-8 in Baltimore, Maryland. The U.S. women made it three straight golds in 2007 by defeating Australia 18-3 in Peterborough, Canada. The U.S. won its fourth gold in a row in 2011 in Hannover, Germany edging their Aussie rivals 14-12.

In the latest U19 Women’s Championship in July of 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland many new story lines emerged:

  • Canada Golden, U.S. settles for Silver. After losing to the U.S. in the first game of pool play, Canada won seven straight games — including an impressive 17-3 win over Australia in the Semifinals, and a 9-8 victory over the U.S. to win the Gold.
  • England wins historic bronze. England built a 9-3 lead early in the second before the Aussies roared back with a furious 6-1 rally to bring it to within one goal, 10-9, with 1:30 left. England held the Aussies scoreless through the final minute and thirty to preserve a 10-9 win for the bronze.
  • Australia does not medal. For the first time in the history of the tournament, Australia did not play for the gold and finished out of the medals in fourth place after being upset by England in the bronze medal game.
  • New Zealand finishes in 5th. The Kiwis surprised everyone with a 10-8 victory over Japan for 5th place. Previous finishes for New Zealand were 10th in 2007 and 11th in 2011.

The host nation and location for the 2019 Women’s U19 Championship event will be determined in late 2015.

Year Champion Runner-up Score Site
1995 Australia USA 5-4 Haverford, PA USA
1999 USA Australia 15-8 Perth, Australia
2003 USA Australia 21-8 Baltimore, MD USA
2007 USA Australia 18-3 Peterborough, Ontario CAN
2011 USA Australia 14-12 Hannover, Germany
2015 Canada USA 9-8 Edinburgh, Scotland

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