Over the past few years lacrosse has grown from being played in just a few countries in Europe to now having teams and leagues in 29 countries, with others looking to start. Lacrosse is no longer just "the fastest game on two feet", it is also considered one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
The European Lacrosse Federation (ELF) is the organisational body for lacrosse played in Europe including women's and men's lacrosse.
European Lacrosse Federation would like to congratulate Greg Hart who has been appointed Referee-in-chief for the 2017 European Box Lacrosse Championships. Greg is a highly regarded official and has been instrumental in the development of indoor officials throughout Europe and the globe. Congratulations Greg and we look forward to seeing the 'stripes' team in Turku!
Lacrosse Scotland has just issued an invitation to all lacrosse clubs to participate in the MacRobert 2016 tournament. The MacRobert is Scotland’s annual flagship lacrosse event, and is quickly becoming one of the biggest tournaments in the United Kingdom. Each year entries grow, and it now has male and female international teams alongside club teams from the UK competing every year. Lacrosse Scotland aims to grow the event into one of Europe’s finest. As a result, this will be a tournament of great standard and competitiveness.
This year’s tournament will take place on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of May 2016. Lacrosse Scotland hopes this later date than previous years will attract teams from outside Scotland. The tournament is hosted in Edinburgh, at Peffermill Sports Complex, where the F.I.L Rathbones Women’s U19 World Championship was hosted.
Click here for and entry form
We're pleased to announce Rob Gross (USA) as Referee in Chief, and David Doolan (UK) and Peter McGinnitty (UK) as deputy RiCs. Rob lead the officials at the Festival Tournament in Denver 2014 as well as refereeing at the European Championships in Amsterdam 2012, while both David and Peter have many years experience refereeing across Europe.
We look forward to having their expertise and leadership in Hungary next summer.
The history of the European Championships goes back to 1995 where six nations participated in the first championships which took place in Prague (Czech Republic). The following years annual European Championships were held (with the exception of 1998 where the World Championships took place) but in 2001 it was decided to adopt a four-year cycle in which the European Championship would be held on the even years in between the World Championships. The European Championships 2004 were held in Prague and saw a record number of participating nations (12 men's and 6 women's) and turned out to become the largest international lacrosse event in 2004.
The most recent European Championships were held in August 2012 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It was another record breaking championships with 17 men's teams and 12 women's teams participating. With 29 teams in total at an international tournament, the European Championships 2012 turned out to be one of the largest international lacrosse tournaments in history.
With the event growing every year the decision has been made to split the men's and the women's events in order to make it manageble for National associations to bid to be host. Consequently, there has been a slight shift in the four year cycle.
The women’s European Championships will be held in Nymburk, CZE, 6-16 August. With 17 teams attending, this will be the largest event of its kind. Additionally, EC15 sees the European debut of 4 new teams. We’ll also be seeing a fully-European delegation of umpires and TDs, a first.
For full information, see ec15lax.com
The latest edition of the International Women's rules were released last week. You can download a copy here:
The U18 International Lacrosse Festival takes places from 28th July – 31st July 2015 at the University of Edinburgh, Peffermill Playing Fields. Teams will be taking part from Australia, England, Israel, Scotland, USA & Wales and we are looking a number of umpires for the festival games. It is likely to be a 2 man umpiring system and the games will be played to the FIL rules.
It is likely to be tournament length games, with umpires doing more than 1 game per day, as the game length is shorter.
To umpire at the U18 International Lacrosse Festival you need to have an umpiring qualification from your country which enables you to officiate at school (16 years upwards) / club / college / university games. You do not need to have the highest National rating for your country. This festival will give developing umpires great experience and there will certainly still be potential for more experienced umpires to hone their skills.