FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2020
A record 30 nations are confirmed to compete for the 2021 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship from July 7-17, 2021 at Towson (Md.) University in the United States. US Lacrosse will host the quadrennial championship for the first time since 2005.
The 30 teams earned their bids based on their placement at the 2017 World Lacrosse championship or their performances in their respective Continental Federation qualifiers.
The 11-day event is expected to bring tens of thousands of visitors to the region. In addition to the World Lacrosse championship event, the World Festival Tournament will provide options for youth, high school and adult teams to experience the international flavor of the event. The World Festival Tournament will be held at Goucher College, located in close proximity to Towson University. “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming the participants and guests from around the world to the United States and providing them an experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives,” said Kim Rogers, Director of Special Events for US Lacrosse.
“The sport continues to thrive, and we’re thrilled to showcase the tremendous talent that women’s lacrosse has to offer.”
“With 30 National Teams confirming their participation, we have reached yet another important, and exciting milestone for the sport of lacrosse globally,” said Fiona Clark, World Lacrosse Board of Directors Member and Competition Director. “The growth of this World Championship is a reflection of how competition opportunities for lacrosse continue to expand around the world, and that is due to the outstanding work of our member-National Governing Bodies and Continental Federations. Not only will this be the largest Women’s World Championship ever staged by World Lacrosse, the overall depth and quality of play, across all 30 teams, will undoubtedly set a new standard for excellence.”
The United States has won the last three world championships, beating Canada 10-5 in Guildford, England in the 2017 gold medal game. England beat Australia 10-9 in four overtimes to claim the bronze medal, its first medal since 2005.
A then-record 25 teams competed in the 2017 world championship. By comparison, just 10 teams competed when US Lacrosse hosted the 2005 championship in Annapolis, Md. The first women’s world championship was held in 1982 and this will be the 11thtime the event has been held.
This year’s field includes five teams that will be participating in the women’s world championship for the first time — Argentina, Jamaica, Norway, Puerto Rico and Uganda.
Listed below are the teams expected to attend the 2021 World Championship and their history in the event.
Argentina: First appearance
Australia: 11th appearance – Best finish (1st in 1986 and 2005) – nine medals
Austria: 3rd appearance – Best finish (13th in 2013)
Canada: 11th appearance – Best finish (2nd in 2013 and 2017) – four medals
China: 2nd appearance – Best finish (22nd in 2017)
Colombia: 2nd appearance – Best finish (24th in 2017)
Czech Republic: 5th appearance – Best finish (8th in 1993 and 2005)
England: 11th appearance – Best finish (2nd in 1989 and 1993) – six medals
Germany: 6th appearance – Best finish (8th in 2001)
Haudenosaunee: 4th appearance – Best finish (7th in 2013)
Hong Kong: 3rd appearance – Best finish (18th in 2013 and 2017)
Ireland: 4th appearance – Best finish (5th in 2009)
Israel: 3rd appearance – Best finish (6th in 2017)
Italy: 2nd appearance – Best finish (11th in 2017)
Jamaica: First appearance
Japan: 8th appearance – Best finish (5th in 2005)
Korea: 4th appearance – Best finish (15th in 2013 and 2017)
Latvia: 3rd appearance – Best finish (17th in 2013 and 2017)
Mexico: 2nd appearance – Best finish (20th in 2017)
Netherlands: 4th appearance – Best finish (13th in 2009)
New Zealand: 5th appearance – Best finish (8th in 2017)
Norway: First appearance
Puerto Rico: First appearance
Scotland: 11th appearance – Best finish (3rd in 1986) – one medal
Spain: 2nd appearance – Best finish (23rd in 2017)
Sweden: 3rd appearance – Best finish (19th in 2013)
Switzerland: 2nd appearance – Best finish (19th in 2017)
Uganda: 1st appearance
United States: 11th appearance – Best finish (1st in 1982, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2009, 2013 and 2017) – 10 medals
Wales: 11th appearance – Best finish (4th in 1997)
Registration for the World Lacrosse Festival will launch this summer and ticket sales for the championship will open in the fall. For more information, please visit the event web page: https://www.worldlacrosse2021.com/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2020
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA — The World Lacrosse Board of Directors convened today via video conference for its monthly meeting, during which it took the following actions:
The Board of Directors unanimously approved a recommendation from Management that the World Lacrosse Men’s U19 World Championship, originally scheduled for July 9-18, 2020 in Limerick, Ireland, be rescheduled and reformatted, as follows:
The Board expressed its appreciation to Michael Kennedy, Chair of the Limerick Organizing Committee, the leaders of World Lacrosse member National Governing Bodies, and the athletes, coaches and families who have been preparing to compete in the World Championship for their ongoing flexibility and commitment to the event. The recommendation to reschedule the event for 2021 and to adjust the age classification was made following consultation by Management with member-National Governing Bodies and Continental Federations, which included individual consultation, a written survey for participating countries and two virtual “Town Hall Meetings”. The Board of Directors confirmed there will be no change to the date for the 2021 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship, which will be held as scheduled from July 7-17, 2021 in Towson, Maryland, USA.
World Lacrosse Management will work with the Blue Skies Working Group, member-National Governing Bodies and Continental Federations to consider further revisions to the World Championship calendar, beginning in 2022, and bring those recommendations forward to the Board of Directors and General Assembly for approval. The Blue Skies Working Group was appointed by World Lacrosse President Sue Redfern to examine possible changes to the overall structure and format for World Championship events.
Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr presented a revised operating budget for 2020, the key features of which include the following:
The Board of Directors unanimously approved the new operating budget for 2020, which calls for a significant reduction in overall planned expenses and a reallocation of certain funds.
Finally, the Board of Directors unanimously approved a recommendation from Management that the 2020 World Lacrosse General Assembly be held in the Fourth Quarter of this year in a virtual format, rather than in-person. The exact dates for the General Assembly are to be determined.
“The challenges brought about by the global pandemic are unprecedented for recent time, and it is essential for our response to be thoughtfully-developed, athlete-focused and fully aligned with the highest principles of athlete safety and well-being,” said World Lacrosse President Redfern. “
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to extend our continued appreciation to our member-National Governing Bodies, Continental Federations and our lacrosse family around the world for stepping forward to play our part in combatting the global pandemic. I’d also like to thank Jim Scherr and our Management Team for bringing forward thoughtful solutions that will help our organization navigate these unprecedented challenges, while not losing sight of our longterm ambition.
“Our Board of Directors strongly encourages our members to continue adhering to the advice of your local public health authorities. By doing so, you are playing an important role in bringing our world one step closer to that day when sport returns, and you are honoring the commitment being made each and every day by health care professionals and volunteers around the world,” added President Redfern.