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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© 2011 FIL – Matt Vinc made 23 saves and was named the game’s most valuable player as Canada took their third straight WILC gold over the Iroquois Nationals in the 2011 WILC in Prague, CR.

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 latest championship event was held in Prague, Czech Republic, in May 2011. Canada improved to 17-0 in world championship indoor play beating the Iroquois Nationals for the third straight time in a WILC final, this time by a score 13-6. Again, the United States finished with a bronze for their third straight third place finish.

Lacrosse will return to the home of its Haudenosaunee origin when the Iroquois Nationals host the next WILC taking place 18th – 27th September 2015 in the heart of the Onondaga Nation in Syracuse, NY USA.

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 ??? ??? ??-?? Onondaga Nation
Syracuse, NY USA

* 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

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.

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© 2011 FIL – The US women make it four straight golds over Australia with a 14-12 win in the 2011 U19 World Championship in Hannover, Germany.

The US has beaten Australia in every final since then:

  • In 1999, the US 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 US women made it three straight golds in 2007 by defeating Australia 18-3 in Peterborough, Canada
  • Most recently, the US won it fourth gold in a row in 2011 in Hannover, Germany edging their Aussie rivals 14-12

The next Women’s U19 Championship event is slated for 23rd July – 1st August 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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 ??? ??? ??-?? Edinburgh, Scotland

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