Lacrosse has been around for centuries, in one form or another, but still there are many people
who have not even heard of this fantastic sport. It has its roots in north America but has since spread to many other countries, especially Britain, Australia, Japan and Germany. The most recent men's world championships in 2014 saw 38 countries taking part, many of them recent European converts. Every world championships is contested by more teams than the one before it, so it's no surprise that even more than 38 teams are expected to compete at the next championships in 2018.
For an overview of which countries play lacrosse, see the Federation of International Lacrosse.
So what is lacrosse? If you've never seen a game, you're in for a treat.
Firstly, some explanation may be necessary. Like field hockey, it involves two teams, two goals, one ball and one stick per player.
Unlike field hockey, the ball doesn't (usually) roll on the ground but can be picked up in the pocket of the stick, and thrown and caught.
Yes, you can run with the ball, yes there are goalkeepers, and no, it's not that dangerous. There are both men's and women's versions of the game, and the rules are different; there's also a mixed version. You can check out more in lacrosse basics.
- July 2017: Women's World Cup held in Guildford, England and won by the USA (followed by Canada, England and Australia)
- July/August 2016: Men's European Championships held in Gödöllő, Hungary and won by England
- August 2015: England's women's team won the 2015 European Championships in Nymburk, Czech Republic.
- July 2014: the most recent Men's World Championships in Denver, Colorado, USA. See the World Cup 2014 page for more information.
The next big events are:
- 2018: the next men's world championships will no longer take place in Manchester, England, but the event has now been moved to Israel. All players who aren't boycotting Israel for their international behaviour, please apply for your entry visas now.
- 2021: the next women's world championships will take place in Towson, Maryland, USA in July 2021.
- History of Lacrosse - A brief look at the Native American origins of the game
- Lax Links - More links than you can shake a stick at.
- E-lacrosse - A magazine-type site with lots of
pictures, links etc.
- English lacrosse - The home of the ELA
has information mainly about the English Men's and Women's leagues. Good quality information but very
amateurishly maintained, it seems every year they move everything around to make it impossible to find, and never maintain old links.
- Purley Lacrosse, included for no other reason than
the site is just excellent. And the club is pretty successful too.
- NLL.com, the homepage of the professional league in the US & Canada.
- The ever-excellent Wikipedia has an entry on lacrosse, and
some interesting notes on the differences between box lacrosse
and indoor lacrosse.