England Win Bid to Host 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup
Today, Thursday 12th July, the Federation of International Lacrosse announced that the English Lacrosse Association has been successful in its bid to host the tenth Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in 2017. This topped a good fortnight for English Lacrosse which saw an England double gold at the European Championships, where both men’s and women’s teams emerged victorious.
The English bid enjoyed cross-parliamentary backing from nearly 100 MPs including David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and Hugh Robertson. Westminster hosted a launch for the bid in May, when a number of MPs and sports celebrities signed the ‘back the bid’ flag. This event took place thanks to the lacrosse parliamentary fellow, Graham Brady MP.
I extend my congratulations to England and am confident this event will maintain the high standard previously set by the ELA. Stan Cockerton, FIL President
The FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup
This will be the third time England has hosted the FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup, previously welcoming the tournament in 1982 (Nottingham) and 2001 (High Wycombe).
The last World Cup took place in 2009, hosted by Prague, Czech Republic. 16 nations competed for the World title, including new entries, Austria, Denmark, Haudenosaunee, Ireland, South Korea and the Netherlands. The United States of America are the reigning World Champions, having defeated Australia 8-7 in the gold medal match.
The 2013 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup takes place in Oshawa, Canada. Team England will be looking to build on their 4th place finish in 2009.
The 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup will take place at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, which has previously hosted the Lacrosse Home Internationals last April as well as the Women’s Rugby Cup in 2010, with 30 nations expected to compete.
English Lacrosse Honoured
We are honoured and delighted to be the 2017 Women’s World Cup hosts. English Lacrosse has worked hard to grow the sport domestically and our international squads have represented us excellently abroad. In addition, we know that hosting a World Cup will help lacrosse’s continued growth but will also make a valuable economic contribution, if Manchester 2010′s success is anything to go by, we can look forward to generating over £5 million for the country. Sue Redfern, Chair of English Lacrosse Board