The World Indoor Lacrosse Championship has been running ever since 2003, when Canada held the inaugural international indoor championship. It happens every four years, much like most of the other large sporting events around the world.
Ever since the tournament opened, Canada hasn’t lost a game. They are the world leaders and with good reason – they have formidable players led by a strong coach, and they always play aggressive strategies that put them right up in the goal all throughout the games.
In every tournament, the Iroquois have come in second, and the United States third. Hopefully in coming years we’ll see a bit more variety on the podium!
In 2015, we will see 11 nations compete in the WILC, which is the biggest turnout so far. There are some surprising newcomers – Israel, Turkey and Thailand – and with the Iroquois hosting, there is a good chance that the Canadians will have a real fight on their hands to maintain their title.
Indoor lacrosse (also known as box lacrosse) has been a popular game for a long time in the Western world, but few people realise that it first originated with the Native Americans. It was part of their culture for hundreds of years before it spread and gained worldwide popularity.
Canada, the USA, and England were the first countries to really pick up lacrosse after the Native Americans, creating a modern version of the game in the 1920s. By the 1930s, it had spread as far as Australia.
Lacrosse first became a professional sport in the 1970s, with the US and Canada leading the charge to standardise the sport and create ongoing tournaments. The World Indoor Lacrosse Championship had its first tournament in 2003, and these days, there are 31 members in the Federation of International Lacrosse. As the WILC continues and lacrosse become even more popular, I expect that this number will only grow.