Lacrosse in Olympics


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The sport was included in the 1904 and 1908 Olympics with teams all over from Canada, the United States, and the Great Britain. It was again contested as a demonstration sport in the 1928 and 1932 Olympics.

Each time, a playoff was held in the US to decide which team would participate in the Olympics and each time the playoffs were won by the John Hopkins Blue Jays from the University of Baltimore, Maryland.

In 2001, a professional field lacrosse league for men, called as Major League Lacrosse, was established in the US. Starting with three teams, the Major League Lacrosse has grown to a total of nine clubs now, located all over the major metropolitan areas of the US.

Participating countries

In the World Championships, the teams compete according to different divisions. According to the 2014 World Lacrosse Champions, the following nations participated in the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship −

  • Blue Division

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • England
    • Iroquois Nationals
    • Japan
    • United States
  • Green Division

    • China
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Norway
  • Grey Division

    • Costa Rica
    • Czech Republic
    • Poland
    • Turkey
  • Orange Division

    • Israel
    • Republic of Korea
    • Slovakia
    • Sweden
  • Plum Division

    • Argentina
    • New Zealand
    • Russia
    • Wales
  • Red Division

    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Germany
    • Hong Kong
  • Turquoise Division

    • Colombia
    • Finland
    • Mexico
    • Spain
  • White Division

    • Latvia
    • Scotland
    • Switzerland
    • Thailand
  • Yellow Division

    • Bermuda
    • France
    • Ireland
    • Uganda

These were 38 nations that participated in the 2014 World Championship.



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