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. Its headquarters are in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States.
|Affiliation||ARISF, IWGA, GAISF|
|Headquarters||Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States|
|Vice president(s)||Steve Stenersen|
|(founded)||IFWLA 1972, ILF 1974|
World Lacrosse has 63 members, 38 of which are full members. 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.
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.
|Bulgarian Lacrosse Federation|
|Costa Rica Lacrosse Sporting Federation|
|Croatian Lacrosse Association|
|Ecuadorian Lacrosse Association|
|Fédération Haïtienne de Lacrosse|
|Kenya Lacrosse Association|
|Luxembourg Lacrosse Federation|
|Malaysia Lacrosse Association|
|Mexican Lacrosse Federation|
|Philippines Lacrosse Association|
|Polish Lacrosse Federation|
|Portuguese Lacrosse Association|
|Qatar Lacrosse Association|
|Serbian Lacrosse Federation|
|Lacrosse Association of Singapore|
|Ukrainian Lacrosse Association|
- Asia Pacific Lacrosse Union
- European Lacrosse Federation
- International Federation of Intercrosse
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 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.
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