The countdown is now on as 2015 approaches, bringing with it the 4th World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. So far, there are not too many details available, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on it over the next few months.
Here’s what we’ve got so far:
Pool play and the quarter-finals will be held on Indigenous lands for the first time in the history of the sport, being hosted at Onondaga Nation Arena not far outside of Syracuse, New York.
The semi-finals and finals will then be held at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.
We’re also already seeing a wider range of nations committing to be present for the championship – and some of them might surprise you!
The Finland National Team has confirmed they will make their international indoor lacrosse debut at the 2015 WILC. Lacrosse officially arrived in Finland in the summer of 2001, and Finland’s field program has been a strong contender since its’ debut in 2004. They most recently finished 7th in the 2012 European Championships and 12th in the 2010 World Championships.
Turkey has also confirmed they will be present, even though Turkey has not yet debuted in an international tournament in either field or indoor lacrosse. However, they have several players who participate in the box-style European Lacrosse League so will be an interesting addition.
And in a left-field entry, Thailand has also announced their attendance! As it turns out, Thailand has been a leader in the growth of lacrosse in Asia, and has led organizational efforts for several exhibition matches on the continent. Their men’s program will debut in their first international tournament at the 2014 World Field Lacrosse Championships.
So there are exciting times ahead, as more and more teams confirm, and preparations go full steam ahead.