2006 World Lacrosse Championship

Canada won its second gold medal at the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship, held in London, Ontario from 14 to 22 July. The Canadians defeated the United States in the final 15–10 in front of 7,735 fans.[1] It marked only the second loss by the Americans since the championship was founded in 1967. The first was Canada's historic 17–16 overtime win in the 1978 final.[2] Canadian Geoff Snider was the tournament MVP for his outstanding face-off performance, winning 19 of 28 draws in the final.[3]

2006 World Lacrosse Championship
Tournament details
Host country Canada
Dates14–22 July
Venue(s)London, Ontario
Final positions
Gold  Canada (2nd title)
Silver  United States
Bronze  Australia
Fourth place Iroquois
Tournament statistics
Matches played72
Goals scored1515 (21.04 per match)
MVP Geoff Snider

Australia beat Iroquois 21–8 to earn the bronze medal. 21 nations played 72 games over the eight-day tournament, with Bermuda, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, and Spain making their debuts.[4] The games were played in TD Waterhouse Stadium.

The World Lacrosse Championship (WLC) is the international men's field lacrosse championship organized by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) every four years. The 2006 WLC was the last to be sanctioned by the International Lacrosse Federation, the former governing body for men. In August 2008, the ILF merged with the former governing body for women's lacrosse, the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations, to form the FIL.

Pool play

For the round-robin phase of the tournament, nations were separated into blue, red, orange and yellow divisions according to strength. Each of the twenty-one nations was eligible to win the championship.

Blue Division

The Blue Division featured the six strongest lacrosse nations: Australia, Canada, England, Iroquois, Japan, and the United States.

Winning TeamLosing TeamScore
United StatesAustralia20–8
United StatesEngland25–5
United StatesCanada13–12
United StatesIroquois21–13
United StatesJapan21–2

Blue Division standings after pool play were:

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Iroquois
  4. Australia
  5. England
  6. Japan

Red Division

Red Division featured the next five strongest lacrosse nations: Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales.

Winning TeamLosing TeamScore
IrelandHong Kong19–4
WalesHong Kong14–0
ItalyHong Kong20–0
ScotlandHong Kong21–3

Red Division standings after pool play were:

  1. Ireland
  2. Scotland
  3. Italy
  4. Wales
  5. Hong Kong

Orange Division

The five countries competing in Orange Division were: the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and South Korea.

Winning TeamLosing TeamScore
NetherlandsSouth Korea12–4
GermanyNew Zealand18–3
GermanySouth Korea18–4
Czech RepublicNew Zealand23–4
Czech RepublicSouth Korea20–2
NetherlandsNew Zealand15–4
GermanyCzech Republic12–5
Czech RepublicNetherlands19–9
South KoreaNew Zealand8–7

Orange Division standings after pool play were:

  1. Germany
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Netherlands
  4. South Korea
  5. New Zealand

Yellow Division

The Yellow Division featured Bermuda, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, and Spain.

Winning TeamLosing TeamScore

Yellow Division standings after pool play were:

  1. Finland
  2. Latvia
  3. Denmark
  4. Spain
  5. Bermuda


With the nations ranked amongst their division, they played off for their final standings. The winner from each lower group played a lower-ranked nation from Blue division for their shot at the championship.

Winning TeamLosing TeamScoreNote
NetherlandsLatvia10–4Play-off for the 9th/13th place brackets
WalesSpain17–9Play-off for the 13th/17th place brackets
AustraliaIreland21–5Quarter final
IroquoisGermany14–6Quarter final
DenmarkSouth Korea10–9Play-off for the 13th/17th place brackets
ItalyCzech Republic14–7Play-off for the 9th/13th place brackets
CanadaFinland27–2Quarter final
New ZealandBermuda19–6Semi-final in the 19th place bracket
ItalyScotland10–7Semi-final in the 9th place bracket
SpainHong Kong12–8Semi-final in the 17th place bracket
LatviaDenmark5–3Semi-final in the 13th place bracket
EnglandGermany19–4Semi-final in the 5th place bracket
JapanIreland11–9Semi-final in the 5th place bracket
FinlandNetherlands10–8Semi-final in the 9th place bracket
WalesCzech Republic9–8Semi-final in the 13th place bracket
SpainSouth Korea17–14Play-off for 17th place
New ZealandHong Kong9–6Play-off for 19th place
ScotlandNetherlands15–3Play-off for 11th place
WalesLatvia18–2Play-off for 13th place
Czech RepublicDenmark18–1Play-off for 15th place
FinlandItaly10–9Play-off for 9th place
IrelandGermany13–5Play-off for 7th place
EnglandJapan12–7Play-off for 5th place
AustraliaIroquois21–83rd place

The final standings were:

  1. Canada
  2. USA
  3. Australia
  4. Iroquois
  5. England
  6. Japan
  7. Ireland
  8. Germany
  9. Finland
  10. Italy
  11. Scotland
  12. Netherlands
  13. Wales
  14. Latvia
  15. Czech Republic
  16. Denmark
  17. Spain
  18. South Korea
  19. New Zealand
  20. Hong Kong
  21. Bermuda


All World Team

The International Lacrosse Federation named an All World Team at the conclusion of the championship, along with four other individual awards.[5]


Chris Sanderson


John Gagliardi
Brodie Merrill
John Tokarua


Brett Bucktooth
Jay Jalbert
Geoff Snider


John Grant, Jr.
Michael Powell
Jeff Zywicki

Best Positional Players

Brodie Merrill - Defence
Jay Jalbert - Midfield
Jeff Zywicki - Attack

Tournament MVP

Geoff Snider - Midfield, face-off


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  5. "Award Winners". 2006 WLC. Archived from the original on August 4, 2007.

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