The FIL 2014 World Lacrosse Championships are only a Spring season away, and we’re all extremely excited to watch the highest level of International Lacrosse! National teams around the world are preparing to make the trip to Colorado for two weeks (or more in some cases) in July, and that means a lot of training camps, scrimmages, and quite a bit of fundraising!
The Groups Are Set!
There is always a lot of interest in who will be grouped with who, and the info for 2014 is finally out there! All 38 teams have been slotted into nine different divisions (8 groups of 4, and one group of six in the Blue Division) and now programs know who will provide their direct competition. Check out all the groupings on Thailand Lacrosse’s page.
Australia Tearing It Up In Japan
The Aussies have been in Japan, playing against some of the best players the country has to offer, and it looks like they have been dominating. Neither the Australian or Japanese teams are completely set at this point, and either team could be keeping their cards close to the chest. Since we’re not there, it’s hard to say! What we do know is that Australia is looking to make a serious run at a bronze this year (and they’re hoping for more than that), and that they are definitely a team to watch outside of the US, Canada, and the Iroquois.
The Aussies won 16-4, and you can find Australia Vs Japan photos, a game report, box score, and more here.
Thailand – Singapore Scrimmage
Here is Thailand’s roster for the scrimmage with Singapore on the weekend of March 15th. Like Japan, Australia, and the US, Thailand’s roster is still far from set, as players are being evaluated.
Dutch National Team Funding Efforts
Getting to the World Championships is extremely expensive, and that’s if you’re doing so on a shoe string budget. Doing it right? Well, that can bankrupt a person! The Dutch are trying to fund their trip to Denver now… won’t you help them out?
Philippines Added As 50th FIL Member
The Philippines Lacrosse Association was recently voted in to the FIL’s membership, and it gives the FIL an even 50 countries that participate in lacrosse. If you’re wondering if this means anything (as opposed to say, 49 countries), it actually does. Certain national programs will now be able to apply for increased funding from other national sport bodies, because to those bodies, 50 is a magic number. There have to be restrictions placed on funding, and 50 just happens to be the number some countries employ.
A big congratulations goes out the fine people at the PLA! We wish them the very best of luck as they try to Grow the Game in country and bring a team to Manchester in 2018.
Team Uganda Steps Up Preparations
It’s GREAT to see Uganda getting this kind of coverage. Talk about an exciting team to watch in Denver this Summer! Good luck to the Cranes!