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World Lacrosse is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the international governing body for lacrosse, responsible for providing effective leadership and governance of the sport internationally while supporting its continued growth worldwide.

The organization has played a pivotal role in promoting and popularizing lacrosse on a global scale. Lacrosse, often referred to as “the fastest sport on two feet,” has a rich history that dates back centuries, with origins rooted in various indigenous cultures in North America.

World Lacrosse’s mission goes beyond mere administration of the sport; it actively works to develop and nurture lacrosse at all levels, from grassroots initiatives to elite competitions. It collaborates with national lacrosse governing bodies, leagues, clubs, coaches, players, and enthusiasts to foster the sport’s growth and accessibility.

One of the significant milestones in the organization’s history came in July 2021 when World Lacrosse achieved full recognition from the IOC. This monumental achievement marked a critical step in the sport’s journey to potentially regain a place in the Olympic Games. The recognition not only validated the sport’s international presence but also opened the door for increased opportunities for athletes, more global competitions, and increased funding for development programs.

World Lacrosse’s headquarters are situated in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, a strategic location that facilitates collaboration with various lacrosse stakeholders and other sports governing bodies. The organization is governed by a dedicated board of directors, composed of individuals with extensive experience and expertise in lacrosse and sports administration.


Lacrosse is recognized and played by all countries worldwide and is an Olympic sport.


World Lacrosse provides governance and integrity for all forms of lacrosse, along with responsive and effective leadership to support the sport’s development throughout the world.


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