The 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship presented by Rady’s Children Hospital is just under two months away, with the competition set for June 21 to July 1 in San Diego, California, USA.
This year’s event, the 14th edition of the men’s world championship, features 30 teams vying for the sport’s biggest prize – 20 teams earned their spot in the championship after the first-ever set of continental qualifiers over the past two years.
The Unite States will host the event for the fourth time after previously hosting in 1982, 1988 and 2014. The hosts will be looking for their second consecutive title and avenge the 2014 loss in the gold medal game on home soil in Denver to rivals Canada. The two teams battled to the wire in 2018 in Israel, when the United Scores scored the gold-medal-winning goal with one second remaining.
Tickets to the event can be found here. Fans can buy length-of-event passes starting at $99 and single-day passes starting at $40.
San Diego State’s newly constructed 32,000-seat Snapdragon Stadium will be the site of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, opening game, semifinals, and medal games. Meanwhile, USD’s Torero Stadium will host a majority of featured tournament games with a capacity of 6,000 spectators.
All remaining games will take place on SDSU’s campus among four adjacent fields, anchored by SDSU Sports Deck, the 1,500-seat home of the university’s soccer programs.
The 30 teams are split into six pools of five, with the top five nations in the rankings Pool A. The top two A pool teams will advance directly to the quarterfinals, while the remaining three teams from the A pool will join the top nine teams from pools B-F (five first-place finishers and four second-place finishers) in the first round of the playoffs on June 27 to determine the remaining teams in the quarterfinals, which kick off on June 28. Full information on seeding, format and progression for pool play can be found here.