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 2018 saw an incredible 46 countries taking part, with several teams competing for the first time. The next ones in 2022 are expected to reduce the number of teams to give a more manageable format.
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.
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