After the initial championships in 2011 had been announced, the Organizing Committee informed that the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship to be held in Prague from May 21st to May 28th would change the venue to the Eden Arena.
A little more humble conditions there would not offer as much comfort for the players but it certainly was a positive change for the spectators. The smaller arena and smaller playing field undoubtedly offered a more intensive experience of indoor lacrosse.
The number of participating teams was then final. There were the expected participants: Canada, USA, Australia, England, Ireland and the home team but also one unofficial participant – Slovakia.
The uncertainty about participation of team Iroquois was at this point getting some light shed on it thanks to the help from the Organizing Committee. The Czech Immigration officials would not implement any obstacles for the team Iroquois entering the Czech Republic even if they used their own Haudenosaunee passports as opposed to the US and Canadian passports after some much needed help from the Czech Embassy in Ottawa and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This was a very complicated issue. The team Iroquois was representing six Native American nations that are considered the inventors of the game. Therefore they refuse to use US or Canadian passports and prefer to use their own passports instead. Those passports are issued by Iroquois Confederation and are not officially accepted as travel documents worldwide, even though they are commonly accepted within the North American continent.
The Organizing Committee worked closely with the Czech Embassy in Ottawa to solve the issue and obtained a promise that the Iroquois team would be admitted to the Czech Republic as long as they filled out requested documents and use the visa for their entry only.
The US and Canadian Immigration offices respectively now had to approve of this strategy in order to secure smooth return home for the team members. There was a similar issue the year before that unfortunately resulted in non-participation of the team Iroquois at the field lacrosse World Cup in Manchester, England.