FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 6, 2021

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA — Two member-National Governing Bodies of World Lacrosse (WL) making significant strides in expanding opportunities for participation in lacrosse in their respective countries are being elevated to Full Member status, as confirmed today by a unanimous vote of the WL Board of Directors during its April Meeting.

The two members being elevated are the Kenya Lacrosse Association and the Philippines Lacrosse Association.  As Full Members, both associations will now have a voting delegate eligible to participate in the annual World Lacrosse General Assembly.  In addition, National Teams representing Kenya and the Philippines will be eligible to advance to the championship bracket and win medals in all WL World Championship events.

The recommendation to elevate the Kenya Lacrosse Association and the Philippines Lacrosse Association to Full Member status was made by the WL Development Committee.  The President of the Kenya Lacrosse Association is Storm Trentham, while Ron Garcia is President of the Philippines Lacrosse Association.

The Kenya Lacrosse Association becomes the second Full Member of World Lacrosse from the Continent of Africa, joining the Uganda Lacrosse Association, which gained Full Member status in November 2020.

The Board of Directors also approved a recommendation from the Development Committee to consider an application from the Saudi Lacrosse Federation for Associate Membership.  The application will now be forwarded to the World Lacrosse membership for consideration and vote.

“We congratulate the leadership of the Kenya Lacrosse Association and the Philippines Lacrosse Association for reaching this important milestone in the continued development of their National Governing Bodies,” said World Lacrosse President Sue Redfern.  “It is through the shared commitment of our National Governing Bodies and Continental Federations that we strive to make certain every young person, anywhere in the world, who wishes to participate in our great game has the opportunity to do so, and that their experience in lacrosse is lasting and positive.”

In other notable action, the WL Board of Directors reconfirmed the 30 countries that will be represented in the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship, June 29-July 9, 2022 in Towson, Maryland, USA.  In alphabetical order, the participating countries are:

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Canada

China

Colombia

Czech Republic

England

Germany

Haudenosaunee

Hong Kong

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Korea

Latvia

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Puerto Rico

Scotland

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Uganda

United States

Wales

With 30 teams participating, the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship will be the largest-ever women’s world championship staged by World Lacrosse.

The Board of Directors also approved the seeding of National Teams for the World Championship, which will be communicated first to the teams before being announced publicly.

The Board of Directors also received a comprehensive report from Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr addressing progress in fulfilment of the organization’s strategic plan and key priorities for 2021.

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About World Lacrosse

World Lacrosse is the international federation for men’s and women’s lacrosse, responsible for providing effective leadership and governance of the sport internationally while supporting the continued growth of lacrosse worldwide. In November 2018, World Lacrosse was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The President of World Lacrosse is Sue Redfern of England.