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 24 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.
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.
Bulgarian Khans would like to invite you in the capital of Bulgaria- Sofia on the oldest lacrosse tournament on the Balkan peninsula.
Participation fee 20 euros per player- food and drinks on the field included, games, referees black level or higher, own tent for each team on the field, medical assistant, small gift for each player, free entry and welcome drink on the parties, transport from hotel to field. Participation fee could be paid on cash before the games.
Field is next to the airport in the Hristo Botev neighborhood. Football field with real grass.
Accommodation in hotel close to the field. One night in *** 3 stars hotel is 20 euros- breakfast included. Hotel is 20 minutes away from the field.
Dresden Braves Lacrosse Club will be hosting a special event for European Indoor Lacrosse players and nations. The European Nations Cup 2015 (ENC) will be a special event dedicated to emerging Boxlacrosse nations throughout Europe. It will take place from May 1st - 3 2015 in the EnergieVerbund Arena Dresden well known from the annual Lax in the Box tournament. The three day event is especially dedicated to European National Team’s development and will feature a great opportunity to prepare for the WILC 2015 in Buffalo. Countries that do not participate in the WILC are more than welcome to build and test their squads in high level competition and grow the sport.Read more...
by Brian Gorodetsky
The International School of Belgrade made history this year by hosting the first youth lacrosse tournament in the Balkans. Teams from Israel, Switzerland and Bulgaria competed against the Dragons, who were composed of 10 international students and 12 Serbian athletes. The facilities and atmosphere were fantastic and it was great to see youth becoming more involved in growing our sport. The experienced Swiss U19 national team were undefeated in the event and demonstrated impressive stick skills and team play. Most of the Swiss already play in their men’s league and were collected by their coach Scott Hylen to prepare for the world U19 championships.Read more...