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United States to host 2021 FIL Women’s World Cup at Towson University

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NEW YORK—The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) has announced that US Lacrosse will host the 2021 FIL Women’s World Cup from July 7-17, 2021. The event will be held at Towson University in Towson, Md.

Sue Redfern, FIL president

Sue Redfern

“On behalf of the FIL board and our 60 member nations, I would like to congratulate US Lacrosse on their winning bid to host the 2021 FIL Women’s World Cup at Towson University.”

— Sue Redfern, FIL president

The Women’s World Cup is the major international championship for women’s lacrosse and features the top female lacrosse players in the world, representing up to 30 countries. The Women’s World Cup started in 1982 as an international lacrosse tournament conducted every four years. The lone exception was in 1989 when there was a three-year year span between tournaments. The first world cup was hosted in Nottingham, England.

In 2017, the United States won the FIL Women’s World Cup by defeating Canada, 10-5, in Guildford, England. The United States has won eight of the 10 women’s world cup events. Australia won the other two women’s world cups in 1986 and 2005.

Steve Stenersen, FIL vice president and president/CEO of US Lacrosse

Steve Stenersen

“US Lacrosse is honored to host the world cup for the Federation of International Lacrosse in 2021,” said US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen.

“The opportunity to showcase the world’s best players is a privilege, and we look forward to presenting the best of our sport to what promises to be record attendance and unprecedented media attention.”

— Steve Stenersen, US Lacrosse CEO and FIL vice president

Towson University is well prepared for this tournament as they hosted both the 2003 Men’s and Womens’s U19 Lacrosse World Championships. Towson University’s Unitas Stadium has a turf infield, lighting and seating for 11,198. Opening ceremonies, quarterfinals, semifinals and the championship final will be played there. Additional turf fields on campus will feature preliminary games.

Unitas Stadium

Towson University's Unitas Stadium. Photo courtesy of Towson University.

Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium is home to Towson University’s football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, field hockey and track teams. The sports complex, which underwent a massive $32 million renovation beginning in 1999, seats 11,198 spectators. It ranks as the third largest facility of its kind in the Metropolitan Baltimore Area behind M&T Bank Stadium where the NFL Ravens play and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home to Baltimore’s Major League Baseball franchise. The complex is named in honor of two legends – one a coach and educator who served the University for over 40 years – and a former pro football player who many consider the greatest quarterback in NFL history. Photo courtesy of Towson University.

Sue Redfern, FIL president, was enthusiastic about the selection. “On behalf of the FIL board and our 60 member nations, I would like to congratulate US Lacrosse on their winning bid to host the 2021 FIL Women’s World Cup at Towson University,” she said. “FIL is confident that US Lacrosse will stage a memorable and successful tournament as they did with the 2014 FIL Men’s World Championships and will continue to reach new heights in generating media, public interest and television coverage for this great event.”

The United States, which has won the last three FIL Women’s World Cups, is presently No. 1 in the FIL women’s world rankings. The remaining top five ranked countries, which are also expected to attend, include: 2. Canada; 3. England; 4. Australia; and 5. Scotland.

The Women’s Lacrosse World Cup was conducted by the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse until 2007, when both the men’s (International Lacrosse Federation) and women’s lacrosse governing bodies merged to form the Federation of International Lacrosse, the current governing organization.

FIL Women’s World Cup Championship Results

Year Gold Medal game Score Host City, Country
2017 USA def. Canada 10-5 Guildford, England
2013 USA def. Canada 19-5 Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
2009 USA def. Australia 8-7 Prague, Czech Republic
2005 Australia def. USA 14-7 Annapolis, Md., USA
2001 USA def. Australia 14-8 Wycombe, England
1997 USA def. Australia 3-2 (SV OT¹) Tokyo, Japan
1993 USA def. England 4-1 Edinburgh, Scotland
1989 USA def. England 6-5 (SV OT¹) Perth, Australia
1986 Australia def. USA 10-7 Philadelphia, Pa., USA
1982 USA def. Australia 10-7 (ET²) Nottingham, England

¹ SV OT: Sudden victory overtime (first goal scored in overtime is the game winner)
² ET: Extra time of three minutes each way/straight change of ends. If after extra time the score is still tied, then three-minute halves are played on sudden victory basis (first goal wins).

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Jim Scherr, FIL chief executive officer: jscherr@filacrosse.com or +1 719 330 4029.

About the FIL

The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently has 60 member nations and holds five World Championships: Men’s Lacrosse World Championship; Under-19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championship; Men’s World Indoor Lacrosse Championship; Women’s Lacrosse World Cup; and Under-19 Women’s Lacrosse World Championship. Each event is held on a quadrennial basis. 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.

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