World Lacrosse

World Lacrosse (WL), formerly the Federation of International Lacrosse, is the international governing body of lacrosse, responsible for the men's, women's, and indoor versions of the sport. It was established in 2008 by the merger of the previously separate men's and women's international lacrosse associations.[2] Its headquarters are in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States.[3]

World Lacrosse
HeadquartersColorado Springs, Colorado, United States
PresidentSue Redfern[1]
CEOJim Scherr
Vice president(s)Steve Stenersen
(founded)IFWLA 1972, ILF 1974
Official website

World Lacrosse has 63 members, 38 of which are full members.[4][5][6] World Lacrosse is the only international sport organization to recognize First Nations bands and Native American tribes as sovereign nations. The Iroquois Nationals (men) and the Haudenosaunee Nationals (women) of the First Nations Lacrosse Association represent the Haudenosaunee people of New York and Ontario.

World Lacrosse was given provisional recognition status by the International Olympic Committee in November 2018.[7]

In May 2019, the Federation of International Lacrosse launched a rebrand and changed its name to World Lacrosse.[8]


World Lacrosse organizes the World Lacrosse Championship, the Women's Lacrosse World Cup, the Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships for both men and women, the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, and the European Box Lacrosse Championships.


Full members

Associate Members

Country Member Name
 Bulgaria Bulgarian Lacrosse Federation
 Chile Chile Lacrosse
 Colombia Colombia Lacrosse
 Costa Rica Costa Rica Lacrosse Sporting Federation
 Croatia Croatian Lacrosse Association
 Ecuador Ecuadorian Lacrosse Association
 Estonia Eesti Lacrossiliit
 Ghana Ghana Lacrosse
 Greece Greece Lacrosse
 Guatemala Lacrosse Guatemala
 Haiti Fédération Haïtienne de Lacrosse
 Kenya Kenya Lacrosse Association
 Luxembourg Luxembourg Lacrosse Federation
 Malaysia Malaysia Lacrosse Association
 Mexico Mexican Lacrosse Federation
 Philippines Philippines Lacrosse Association
 Poland Polish Lacrosse Federation
 Portugal Portuguese Lacrosse Association
 Qatar Qatar Lacrosse Association
 Russia Russia Lacrosse
 Serbia Serbian Lacrosse Federation
 Singapore Lacrosse Association of Singapore
 Slovenia Slovenia Lacrosse
 Uganda Uganda Lacrosse
 Ukraine Ukrainian Lacrosse Association

Allied Members

Source: [5]


Lifetime Achievement Award
Laurie TurnbullAustralia1974
Jack WilkinsonEngland1978
Buzzy BudnitzUSA1982
Marshall SpenceCanada1986
Margaret BoydEngland1989
Jane VacheUSA1989
Clive CarrAustralia1990
Elizabeth BlaydesEngland1993
Jackie PittsUSA1993
Stan SmithEngland1994
Lanetta WareUSA2001
Tom HayesUSA2002
Peter HobbsAustralia2008
Feffie BarnhillUSA2009
Fiona ClarkAustralia2009
Susie GanzenmullerUSA2009
Marge GaringerUSA2009
Sue RedfernEngland2009
Stan CockertonCanada2017
Shelley MaherAustralia2017

Predecessor organizations

International Lacrosse Federation

The International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) was founded in 1974 to promote and develop men's lacrosse throughout the world. Before 2008, the international governing bodies for men's and women's lacrosse were separate, which was one of the obstacles of lacrosse one day becoming an Olympic sport. In August 2008 in Lahtif, Finland, the ILF and the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations merged to become the Federation of International Lacrosse.

ILF Founders: Thomas Hayes (USA) Don Hobbs (Australia) Laurie Turnbull (Australia) Nigel Wade (England)

The ILF conducted the World Lacrosse Championship, World Indoor Lacrosse Championship and the men’s Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships, all of which were taken over by the FIL.


The International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) was formed in 1972 to promote and develop women's lacrosse throughout the world. It wound up its affairs in August 2008 when it agreed to merge with the ILF to form the Federation of International Lacrosse.

Promoting all levels of lacrosse included IFWLA sponsorship of the Women's Lacrosse World Cup and the Women’s Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships, tournaments taken over by the FIL.

See also


  1. Nelson, Adam (14 August 2019). "Sue Redfern re-elected as World Lacrosse president". SportBusiness. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  2. Weaver, John (4 September 2008). "Men's and women's international lacrosse groups merge". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  3. "World Lacrosse". World Lacrosse. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  4. "World Lacrosse Welcomes Ghana As Its Newest Member-National Governing Body On Day One Of General Assembly". World Lacrosse. 12 August 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  5. "Members". World Lacrosse. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  6. "Hungarian Lacrosse Federation and Puerto Rico Lacrosse Gain Full Member Status with World Lacrosse". World Lacrosse. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  7. Logue, Brian (30 November 2018). "Welcome to the World: IOC Recognizes FIL". US Lacrosse Magazine. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  8. Mackay, Duncan (5 May 2019). "Lacrosse launches new name and logo at SportAccord Summit as continues Olympic push". Inside the Games. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  9. "Awards". World Lacrosse. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  10. Etchells, Daniel (15 December 2017). "Federation of International Lacrosse presents two leading officials with lifetime achievement award". Inside the Games. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
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