FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) has selected veteran Canadian men’s lacrosse official Brent McCauley to be the referee in chief (RIC) for the 2019 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC).
Canada will host the quadrennial event Sep. 19-28, 2019, at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia.
“I would like to thank the FIL for the tremendous honor to be chosen as the RIC for the 2019 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to provide the best, fairest officiating we can at this championship,” McCauley said.
The referee in chief is responsible for guiding all FIL referees and assessors in all officiating matters regarding performance before and throughout a championship event. The RIC position requires extensive understanding and demonstrated application of FIL indoor rules and interpretations as well as strong practical and theoretical knowledge to evaluate and advise the event referees and assessors in real time.
“Brent brings a wealth of experience to the WILC,” said Tom Sutton, chair of the FIL men’s officiating committee. “Being involved in the last two World Indoor Championships will greatly assist Brent transitioning to RIC position for the 2019 games. I look forward to working with him.”
McCauley, 55, served as assessor for the 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Prague, Czech Republic and the 2015 WILC hosted by the Onondaga Nation in Syracuse, New York. He has officiated junior through major box lacrosse in Canada for over 25 years including, three Founder’s Cups (Canadian Jr. B Championship), three Minto Cups (Canadian Jr. A Championship), two President’s Cups (Canadian Sr. B Championship), one Mann Cup (Canadian Sr. A Championship) and the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia. McCauley served as the RIC for three Founder’s Cups, three Minto Cups and two President’s Cups. He also was chair of officiating for the CLA for six years through 2016.
Steve O’Shaugnessy, CLA director of domestic development, was delighted by the FIL’s decision. “The Canadian Lacrosse Association is very pleased that Brent McCauley has been selected by the Federation of International Lacrosse as the referee in chief for the world indoor championship in Langley,” said O’Shaughnessy.“Brent’s vast experience at the national level, where he has served as both an official and as the referee in chief at multiple national championships, combined with his involvement as an official and assessor at the past three world championships, make him the ideal candidate for this position.”
According to Andrew Corbould, CLA chair of officiating, “Brent has a breadth of experience at all levels of box lacrosse. He has officiated for many years, and his work behind the scenes as a clinician and supervisor at the national and international level are key reasons he was recommended for the position. We know that he will continue the strong leadership presence Canadians have contributed on the international stage in leading the officiating team in Langley. On behalf of all Canadian lacrosse officials, I would like to congratulate Brent on being selected as RIC.”