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World Lacrosse Championships and the Olympic Games

Updated on March 12, 2019
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Certified 9th Dan Grandmaster: Olympic level training in five martial arts and weponry for 30+ years. Member, Nigeria TKD Foundation.

Lacrosse Games hosted by The Ohio State University.
Lacrosse Games hosted by The Ohio State University. | Source

Bring Lacrosse Back to the Olympics!

Lacrosse has not been played in the Summer Olympic Games since 1908, but was a a demonstration sport at the 1928, 1932, and 1948 games. The sport is gaining traction globally in the early 21st century, and national and local teams are growing.

The World Lacrosse Championship (WLC)

This event is the world championship for international men's field lacrosse .

For approximately 40 years from its development in 1967 through the 2006 World Championship event, this sport and quadrennial competition were sanctioned by the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF).

The World Championship is held every four years, as are the Olympic and Paralympic Games and World Cup Soccer (Association Football).

In 2008, the ILF merged with the former governing body for women's lacrosse, which was the the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA). This formed the new umbrella organization that resulted: Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). During Summer 2016, membership reached across the world to embrace 55 countries.

Lacrosse is an ancient sport. It was invented by people in the Oldest Representative Democracy worldwide. As of 2010, 30 individual nations consistently competed in the Lacrosse World Championship, climbing to 38 nations participating in 2014.

Regardless of how unworthy you feel an individual is, that person may have qualities that could be a great help to you some day.

— A lacrosse maxim

Lacrosse, Sacred Sport of the Iroquois Confederation

Motto of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team

We win, you win!

Founded 1983

Iroquois Nationals and The Legend

Legends of Lacrosse

A legend says that a squirrel and a mouse were rejected by the forest animals as too small to be on their lacrosse team. The little fellows went to the bird players, who took pity on them. The birds made wings of leather for the mouse and stretched the skin of the squirrel for use in a flying technique for lacrosse. Thus, we now have bats and flying squirrels.

Distruption of the Blue Division

Counting the worldwide teams that compete in the World Lacrosse Championships, we have 30 independent nations, including Iroquois Nation in North America.

The Huron and Iroquois Nations invented lacrosse long ago and the World Lacrosse Championships have recognized them yearly to honor both their invention and their Native American sovereignty as a nation of citizens. The Championships play the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team as a nation against other sovereign nations. It was accepted official into the ILF, International Lacrosse Federation in 1990 and is a member team of the replacement organization Federation of International Lacrosse.

However, during the 2010 World Championships, problems arose with Iroquois Confederacy passports. Iroquois land sits in Upstate New York and Ontario, Canada, although most of the Mohawk contingent, at least, have moved to Ontario where they enjoy a recognized political presence. No problems have arisen with Canadian freedom of movement related to Iroquois Passports.

Once outside of New York State and the other few places in USA in which the Iroquois citizens live, these lacrosse competitors are not guaranteed re-entry into the United States. They need a United States Passport for that guarantee.

Championships: The Blue Division

For 2010, the Blue Division included the Top Six teams from the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship:

  1. Canada
  2. Iroquois Nationals
  3. Australia
  4. England
  5. Japan
  6. USA

Blue Division in 2014 included the same six nations, but in a different order of scoring rank:

  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. England
  4. Iroquois Nationals
  5. Japan
  6. United States (still in last slot)

World Cup Divisons beyond Blue in 2010

Orange Division 
Plum Division
Yellow Division
South Korea
Hong Kong
Red Divsion
Turquoise Division
Grey Division
Czech Republic
New Zealand

The Arrangement of World Championship may or may not shift if the Iroquois Nationals are no longer in the competition, because they may not be able to arrange safe passage from UK because of Iroquois vs. USA passport laws.

Original game fields were up to two miles long, with 1,000 players per team.

Ball Play of the Choctaws-Ball Up, painted by George Caitlin, 18th Century. Original game fields were up to 2 miles long, with 1,000 players per team.
Ball Play of the Choctaws-Ball Up, painted by George Caitlin, 18th Century. Original game fields were up to 2 miles long, with 1,000 players per team.

Lacrosse is called "The Creator's Game", handed down from God.

Lacrosse History

Beginning in early April 2010, the Iroquois Nation presented a historical lecture in New York at Syracuse about the origins of the game and sport of lacrosse. Since that time, interest has grown in the presentation around the United States.

The important historical lecture presented Onondaga Faithkeeper, All-American Lacrosse Goalie Oren Lyons, and the former player and coach Roy Simmons, Jr. as part of the Onondaga Land Rights & Our Common Future series.

This lecture was one of a total of 13 presented about Iroquois culture, particularly sports and their vital importance in life. Lacrosse is so much a part of the Iroquois 6 Nations that it is almost a religion, as important as language to these Native Americans.

Oren Lyons is a Faithkeeper of the Onondaga Nation Turtle clan and speaks for the Onondaga (People of the Hills) and the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse).Roy Simmons, Jr. is an outstanding Lacrosse coach at Syracuse University.

Chronologically, French settlers found the Iroquois Peoples playing lacrosse in 1636, but the Iroquois had been playing for many generations already.By 1750, Mohawk Nation taught the game to French Canadians at Montreal and after the American Civil War, the Iroquois had toured England and Australia with lacrosse. In 1983, they acquired their own national team and training program.

Lacrosse is called The Creator's Game, handed down from God.

Lacrosse is a designated medicine game, promoting health and strength among people of the Iroquois 6 Nations. In this respect, it is much more a part of Iroquois daily life than most American martial arts, but approaching the importance and place of old martial arts in Japan, Korea, and China. Iroquois Lacrosse players must be well trained in tribal medicine, as ancient Chinese and Korean grandmasters were in their own nations.

This is not just stick-ball.

Read the medicine story about how the Creator gave us Lacrosse: The Creator's Game.

Why is lacrosse important to the Iroquois? - Because it shows us the significance of the individual, any individual:

Regardless of how unworthy you feel an individual is, that person may have qualities that could be a great help to you some day.

Lacrosse Sticks: This is a fuse head made by the company STX up to 2008. This is the "pocket" on the end of a playing "stick."
Lacrosse Sticks: This is a fuse head made by the company STX up to 2008. This is the "pocket" on the end of a playing "stick."

Passports Blocked In the Past


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Patty Inglish MS

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      8 years ago

      We're new to lacrosse and I love your site! It has some great inimfoatron on this amazing sport. Thanks! Our son is making quick progress on mastering the skills of the game. I see what you mean by the fastest game on two feet.

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      8 years ago

      I think one of the things that rllaey helps is if the boys play wall ball and catch with each other any chance they can get. That rllaey develops their stick handling skills. Another thing to work on is building up endurance, because there’s so much running in lacrosse.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks, earnesthub!

      The US waived the requirement for new passports, but UK officials did not want to accept the low-tech Iroquois passports because they had no tracking chips and included hand written information.

      The Nationals forfeited the first game, but may be able to play later in the tornament. There are 12 Canadian Iroquois on the team and 13 American Iroquois, but they all consider themselves citizens of Iroquois Nation and live, if I understand correctly, at Six Nations reserve. They do not want to accept US passports, so we will see if they stick with this decision. If so, they perhaps need to update their passports with technology used by other nations.

      The first game will be an exhibition game between host nation England and Germany today - 7:00 PM (I think) in Manchester.

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      11 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Great! I feel a little less isolated! My adopted son plays Lacrosse for the MCC here in Melbourne Australia. He has made the state team several times. Lacrosse is not a well known sport here, but I love it! I have been to almost all his games since he was 8 years old.

      Great hub, I will show it to him.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi SimoneSmith - more amazing to me is that it looks like football and hockey combined, to my eyes.

      Hello, hello - Thanks for commenting. Iroquois and other Native groups have had their own passports from their own tribal governments for at least 30 years. However, in the last couple of years, USA Law no longer recognizes these passports as legal. New passports are expensive and really take a long time to receive.

      So, USA will not let Iroquois back into the country if they leave and UK will not let them into England if the USA already says they cannot come back. So, they are stuck.

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      Hello, hello, 

      11 years ago from London, UK

      I don't understand - they want to go to England but the US says their passport are not legal. Is me or the others? Apart from that, a great hub where I learned about Lacrosse Championships. Thank you.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      11 years ago from San Francisco

      Whoah!! I had no idea that lacrosse was invented by the Iroquois Peoples!! That's amazing!!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks, Everybody!

      As of July 14, 2010 at 9:28 AM, EST; the Iroquois Nationals are not going to England. They have been stuck in NYC, because US feels it cannot accept that their passports are legal at this date.

      I will update the thread as often as possible.

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      11 years ago

      Very detailed information...thanks for sharing

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      G L Strout 

      11 years ago from Ohio, USA

      How interesting! This is something I did not know didly about! Thank you for sharing.

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      11 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & useful! Very interesting, informative & interesting...


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