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German Lacrosse Association to Live Stream U16 Boys and Girls National Championships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2018 The German Lacrosse Association will be hosting and live streaming the U16 Boys and Girls Lacrosse National Championships, June 16-17, 2018. The Final Four games for each [...]

By | June 13th, 2018|Categories: Men, Women|Comments Off on German Lacrosse Association to Live Stream U16 Boys and Girls National Championships

Lacrosse Announced as Official Sport for the 2021 World Games in Birmingham, AL, USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BANGKOK - It has been announced that Lacrosse will once again appear in the World Games. At the International World Games Association’s (IWGA) General Assembly during the SportAccord summit in Bangkok, Thailand, [...]

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Men, Women|Comments Off on Lacrosse Announced as Official Sport for the 2021 World Games in Birmingham, AL, USA

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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 [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: Women, World Events|Comments Off on United States to host 2021 FIL Women’s World Cup at Towson University
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Women’s History and Results

Women’s World Cup

USA Wins 2017 World Cup

22 July 2017 – The United States withstood its toughest test of the tournament, defeating Canada 10-5 in the gold medal game of the FIL Rathbones Women’s World Cup on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, England. The U.S. improved to 60-6-1 all-time in World Cup competition and clinched its eighth World Cup title. Photo by Aby Kerry.

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 three straight gold medals and eight overall when it defeated Canada 10-5 at the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guildford, England.

The host and dates for the 2021 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup will be determined in 2018.

Women's World Cup Results
Year Champion Runner-up Score Site
2017 USA Canada 10-5 Guildford, England
2013 USA Canada 19-5 Oshawa, Ont., Canada
2009 USA Australia 8-7 Prague, Czech Republic
2005 Australia USA 14-7 Annapolis, Md., USA
2001 USA Australia 14-8 Wycombe, England
1997 USA Australia 3-2 SV OT¹ Tokyo, Japan
1993 USA England 4-1 Edinburgh, Scotland
1989 USA England 6-5 SV OT¹ Perth, Australia
1986 Australia USA 10-7 Philadelphia, Pa., USA
1982 USA Australia 10-7 ET² Nottingham, England
¹ Sudden victory overtime (first goal scored in overtime is the game winner).
² In 1982, the first ever International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) championship took place in England with the USA defeating Australia in 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 victory basis [fist goal wins]).


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Women’s U19 World Championship

Canada Wins 2015 U19 Women's Gold Medal

© 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.

Women's World Cup Results
Year Champion Runner-up Score Site
2015 Canada USA 9-8 Edinburgh, Scotland
2011 USA Australia 14-12 Hanover, Germany
2007 USA Australia 18-3 Peterborough, Ont., Canada
2003 USA Australia 21-8 Baltimore, Md., USA
1999 USA Australia 15-8 Perth, Australia
1995 Australia USA 5-4 Haverford, Pa., USA


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Women’s Contacts

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Women’s Documents


World Event Bylaws
FIL Eligibility Criteria 2018
Player Eligibility – International Transfer Form
Player Eligibility – Therapeutic Use Exemption Form
Player Eligibility – School Waiver Form
Residual Debts Policy
Discipline Procedures – July 2017
Forfeiture Policy
Withdrawal Of Teams Policy


FIL 2018-2019 Women’s Field Lacrosse Rulebook
How to Change Women’s Rules


Women’s Approved Crosses & Pockets_2018 October

Manufacturer’s Crosse Specifications

Crosse Specifications
Crosse Specifications – Before 1/1/2013

Mixed Field Rules

Mixed Lacrosse Rules


2019 U19 Women’s World Championship

FIL Officials Roles and Responsibilities – 03/2018
FIL Officiating Conflict of Interest Form – 03/2018

Assessment Materials

FIL 2017 Game Sheets
Assessment Form for On-Field Officials – July 2017
Assessors Notepad – July 2017
Post Event Accreditation Letter – July 2017

Policies & Protocols

Emeritus Umpire Policy – 02/2018
Fitness Test Protocols – 02/2018
International Accreditation Policy – 01/2018
Off Field Officials Policy – 01/2018
World Event Selection Policy – 01/2018


International Assessment Venue Application – 2016
Women’s Officials Manual – 06/2017

Unified Field Dimensions and Markings

Summary of changes

A summary of these changes is as follows, with more detail provided in the attached documents below under “Alternative measurements for existing WOMENS’s facilities.”


  • 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 WOMEN’S facilities

FIL has developed a set of measurements for existing WOMEN’S fields. These are for the following size pitches:

  1. Location of markings for the women’s game only
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  1. Location of markings for the women’s game only
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  1. Location of markings for the women’s and men’s games
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  1. Location of markings for the women’s and men’s games
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