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Lacrosse

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.

The basics

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.

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