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2010 World Lacrosse Championship

The 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championship was held between 15–24 July 2010. The premier international men's lacrosse tournament took place in Manchester, United Kingdom. A record 29 nations (not including the Iroquois team, which registered but did not compete because of passport issues) competed at the event,[1] eight more than the 2006 World Lacrosse Championships, which were held in London, Ontario.

From its inception in 1967 through the 2006 event, the World Lacrosse Championships were sanctioned by the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF). In 2008, the ILF merged with the former governing body for women's lacrosse, the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA), to form the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). From the 2010 World Championships, all future World Championships will be sanctioned by FIL.

This was the third time that the tournament was hosted by Manchester, having hosted the 1978 and 1994 World Championships. The United States captured their ninth gold medal, defeating Canada 12–10 in the championship game on 24 July 2010. Paul Rabil of Team USA was named tournament MVP.[2]

The events were held at the Armitage Centre, Manchester University’s sports grounds.[3]

Iroquois Controversy

The Iroquois Nationals' participation in the championships was threatened in a dispute over passports. The team sought to travel on their Haudenosaunee passports, but the British government demanded evidence that the United States would allow the Iroquois to travel and return. Even after the United States Department of State gave the team a one-time waiver, the British government denied entry to the team, saying the Iroquois passports were unacceptable.[4]

As a result, the Iroquois would have had to forfeit their opening match against England, with the host team playing Germany in an exhibition match instead.[5] However, FIL decided to move Germany to the Blue Division and the Iroquois to the Plum Division, making the England-Germany match an official one.[6] The Iroquois team did not officially withdraw from the tournament, and would have been allowed to play its remaining games should it have resolved its passport difficulties.[7] However, on 18 July, the FIL announced that the competition schedule had progressed too far to allow Iroquois to compete in the tournament.[8] Each of the other three Plum Division teams were given 1–0 forfeit victories over the Iroquois team.

World Lacrosse Festival

For the first time in the history of the World Lacrosse Championships, a FIL World Lacrosse Festival had been sanctioned to run alongside the FIL World Championships.[3]

The Festival ran from Saturday 17 July to Thursday 22 July 2010 and was an open tournament between touring and club teams. It was played at the same venue as the World Championships.[3] 64 elite touring teams are expected to compete in the Festival.[9]

In addition to this, a Community event kicked off the Championships and hosted local Primary, Secondary and Club teams.[9]

Ticketing

Tickets were divided into Stadium tickets, giving access to the main pitch where the blue division matches will be played, and Venue tickets, which only give access to the outer pitches.

For the round robin phase, day tickets cost £22 for the stadium or £11 for the outer pitches.[10] There are also so-called "Final four" tickets for the last four days of the competition, including the semi-finals and final game, costing £99. A standard season ticket for the stadium, covering all blue division games, costs £171.

Tickets are sold through the official website of the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships[11]

Official mascot

A competition was organised, with voters being able to decide on which character the mascot will be. The mascot was a choice of either a British Bulldog or a Rhino.[9][12][13]

The English Lacrosse Association offered a Season Ticket to the Championships for the winner worth $197 and allows entry to watch every game of the tournament including the final.[9][13]

David Shuttleworth, English Lacrosse Association CEO said, "Both these animals would make a great choice of mascot, both represent differing mental and physical attributes of a top lacrosse player. Rhinos have very thick skin and seem impervious to pain; they will crush anything that gets in their path with devastating speed. Bulldogs have long been associated with the British qualities of determination and grit and fighting until the end."[13]

The voting was done through the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships Facebook page which was linked to from the official website of the World Lacrosse Championships.[9][12][13]

After the bulldog won, a second competition was announced to name it. Voters were given a choice between three mascot names, Crash, Manny, and Chester with Chester becoming the final name.[12]

Chester took part in Sport Relief's Manchester Mile event on 21 March 2010 and is expected to compete at the annual Mascot Gold Cup.[14]

Pool play

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

For the pool play phase of the tournament, nations were separated into seven groups according to strength: six groups of four and one group of six (Blue). Due to the increase in participants, three new groups had been created since the 2006 World Lacrosse Championships. Each of the thirty nations were eligible to win the championship. Each group would play a small round robin where each team plays each other team in their group. Then all teams except for the blue group would advance to a second round and are placed in either a top, middle, or lower bracket based on their performance within their group.

Blue division

The Blue Division originally consisted of the top six teams from the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship, but Germany was moved into this group to replace the missing Iroquois team. The first and second place teams from the Blue Division advanced to the tournament semifinals. The third and fourth place teams from the Blue had to compete in "play-in games" (essentially quarterfinals) against teams that advanced from the Top Bracket of the lower divisions. The fifth and sixth place teams from the Blue were eliminated from championship contention and instead took part in games to determine their final placement.

Canada's 10-9 win over the United States marked the first time that the American team lost a preliminary round game in any world championship, and only its third loss overall.[15] Both teams ended up advancing to the semifinals.

Japan, Australia, and England all finished 2–3 in the Blue Division and 1–1 in head-to-head matches against each other. Japan and Australia advanced to the play-in games based on goal differential in head-to-head matches.

Key to colours in group tables
Advanced to Semifinals
Advanced to Play-In games
Advanced to 5th–8th Place games
Team Played Won Lost GF GA GD Tie
 Canada 5 5 0 86 28 +58
 United States 5 4 1 88 29 +59
 Japan 5 2 3 47 67 −20 +1
 Australia 5 2 3 51 63 −12 0
 England 5 2 3 44 59 −15 −1
 Germany 5 0 5 24 96 −72
15 July 2010
England 12–3  Germany Report
16 July 2010
Canada 17–4  Japan Report
United States 21–5  Australia Report
17 July 2010
Japan 15–9  Germany Report
Australia 10–8 (OT)  England Report
United States 9–10  Canada Report
18 July 2010
England 13–12 (OT)  Japan Report
Germany 4–22  United States Report
Canada 19–5  Australia Report
19 July 2010
Germany 4–23  Canada Report
Australia 9–11  Japan Report
United States 17–5  England Report
20 July 2010
Japan 5–19  United States Report
Australia 22–4  Germany Report
Canada 17–6  England Report

Orange division

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and top two runners-up advanced to the Top Bracket
Four remaining runners-up and top four third-placed teams advanced to the Middle Bracket
Two remaining third-placed teams and last placed teams advanced to the Bottom Bracket
Team Played Won Lost GF GA GD
 Ireland 3 3 0 60 10 +50
 Slovakia 3 2 1 21 33 −12
  Switzerland 3 1 2 15 32 −17
 South Korea 3 0 3 15 38 −23
16 July 2010
Slovakia 10–4   Switzerland Report
Ireland 21–3  South Korea Report
17 July 2010
Switzerland 10–6  South Korea Report
Slovakia 4–23  Ireland Report
18 July 2010
South Korea 6–7  Slovakia Report
Switzerland 3–16  Ireland Report

Plum division

Team Played Won Lost GF GA GD
 Spain 3 3 0 28 22 +6
 Hong Kong 3 2 1 25 24 +1
 Norway 3 1 2 17 21 −4
Iroquois 3 0 3 0 3 −3
16 July 2010
Iroquois 0–1  Spain Report
Hong Kong 10–8  Norway Report
17 July 2010
Norway 8–11  Spain Report
Hong Kong 1–0 Iroquois Report
18 July 2010
Norway 1–0 Iroquois Report
Spain 16–14  Hong Kong Report

Yellow division

Team Played Won Lost GF GA GD
 Finland 3 3 0 37 18 +19
 Poland 3 2 1 42 19 +23
 Bermuda 3 1 2 18 35 −17
 Denmark 3 0 3 15 40 −25
16 July 2010
Bermuda 2–16  Poland Report
Finland 14–2  Denmark Report
17 July 2010
Poland 15–5  Denmark Report
Bermuda 5–11  Finland Report
18 July 2010
Poland 11–12 (OT)  Finland Report
Denmark 8–11  Bermuda Report

Red division

Team Played Won Lost GF GA GD
 Czech Republic 3 3 0 47 10 +37
 Sweden 3 2 1 42 14 +28
 Italy 3 1 2 18 36 −18
 Mexico 3 0 3 6 53 −47
16 July 2010
Italy 3–17  Czech Republic Report
Sweden 20–2  Mexico Report
17 July 2010
Sweden 16–3  Italy Report
Mexico 1–21  Czech Republic Report
18 July 2010
Mexico 3–12  Italy Report
Czech Republic 9–6  Sweden Report

Turquoise division

Team Played Won Lost GF GA GD
Scotland 3 3 0 57 14 +43
 New Zealand 3 2 1 37 26 +11
 Latvia 3 1 2 25 37 −12
 France 3 0 3 11 53 −42
16 July 2010
New Zealand 18–3  France Report
Scotland 20–4  Latvia Report
17 July 2010
New Zealand 8–18 Scotland Report
France 6–16  Latvia Report
18 July 2010
France 2–19 Scotland Report
Latvia 5–11  New Zealand Report

Grey division

Team Played Won Lost GF GA GD
 Wales 3 3 0 49 12 +37
 Netherlands 3 2 1 55 18 +37
 Austria 3 1 2 21 41 −20
 Argentina 3 0 3 11 65 −54
16 July 2010
Argentina 5–16  Austria Report
Netherlands 9–10  Wales Report
17 July 2010
Argentina 3–29  Netherlands Report
Austria 0–19  Wales Report
18 July 2010
Wales 20–3  Argentina Report
Austria 5–17  Netherlands Report

Intermediate Round

Starting on 19 July, all teams except for the Blue Division moved to one of three new brackets: an Upper bracket, a Middle bracket or Lower bracket.

Upper bracket

The Upper bracket included the first place finishers from each division as well as the top 2 second place finishers (identified as B1 and B2). These teams were still eligible for the World Championship and could have finished anywhere from 1st to 16th in the tournament. The two survivors of the Upper bracket advanced to "play-in games" against the third and fourth place teams from the Blue Division, while the winners moved on to the semifinals.

Semi-finals Final
19 July – 9:00
  Czech Republic   14  
  Scotland   17  
 
20 July – 14:30
      Scotland   15
    Ireland   9
Third place
19 July – 18:30 20 July – 15:00
  Ireland   12   Czech Republic   8
  Sweden   7     Sweden   15
19 July 2010
Czech Republic 14–17  Scotland Report
Ireland 12–7  Sweden Report
20 July 2010
Scotland 15–9  Ireland Report
Czech Republic 8–15  Sweden Report
Semi-finals Final
19 July – 12:30
  Finland   7  
  Wales   9  
 
20 July – 8:30
      Wales   8
    Netherlands   9
Third place
19 July – 14:30 20 July – 9:00
  Netherlands   16   Finland   21
  Spain   1     Spain   4
19 July 2010
Finland 7–9  Wales Report
Netherlands 16–1  Spain Report
20 July 2010
Wales 8–9 (OT)  Netherlands Report
Finland 21–4  Spain Report

Middle bracket

The middle bracket includes the remaining four second place finishers (identified as B3, B4, B5, and B6) and the top 4 third place finishers (identified as C1, C2, C3, and C4). These teams could have finished anywhere from 9th to 24th in the final rankings.

Semi-finals Final
19 July – 11:30
   Switzerland   3  
  New Zealand   11  
 
20 July – 9:30
      New Zealand   16
    Latvia   3
Third place
19 July – 12:00 20 July – 12:30
  Hong Kong   10    Switzerland   11
  Latvia   12     Hong Kong   7
19 July 2010
Switzerland 3–11  New Zealand Report
Hong Kong 10–12  Latvia Report
20 July 2010
New Zealand 16–3  Latvia Report
Switzerland 11–7  Hong Kong Report
Semi-finals Final
19 July – 15:00
  Norway   4  
  Slovakia   14  
 
20 July – 18:30
      Slovakia   6
    Poland   11
Third place
19 July – 18:00 20 July – 17:30
  Poland  14   Norway   4
  Bermuda   10     Bermuda   8
19 July 2010
Norway 4–14  Slovakia Report
Poland 14–10  Bermuda Report
20 July 2010
Slovakia 6–11  Poland Report
Norway 4–8  Bermuda Report

Lower bracket

The lower bracket included the remaining two third place finishers (identified as C5 and C6) and the fourth place finishers. These teams could have finished no higher than 17th in the final rankings. Mexico, as loser of this bracket, finished 29th.

Semi-finals Final
19 July – 8:30
  Mexico   9  
  South Korea  10  
 
20 July – 12:00
      South Korea   8
    Austria   13
Third place
19 July – 9:30 20 July – 11:30
  France   4   Mexico   6
  Austria   15     France   10
19 July 2010
Mexico 9–10  South Korea Report
France 4–15  Austria Report
20 July 2010
South Korea 8–13  Austria Report
Mexico 6–10  France Report
Semi-finals Final
19 July – 15:30
  Denmark    
 Bye    
 
20 July – 18:00
      Denmark   3
    Italy   10
Third place
19 July – 17:30 20 July – 15:30
  Italy   13   Argentina  
  Argentina   9        
19 July 2010
Italy 13–9  Argentina Report
20 July 2010
Denmark 3–10  Italy Report

Play-In Round

1st–4th Place Bracket

Winners advanced to semifinals versus top two teams from the Blue Division. Losers competed in the 5th–8th place bracket along with fifth and sixth place teams from the Blue Division.

21 July 2010
Netherlands 8–14  Japan Report
Scotland 11–20  Australia Report

9th–12th Place Bracket

Winner advanced to the 9th–12th place bracket. Loser competed in the 13th–16th place bracket.

21 July 2010
Poland 7–13  Finland Report

17th–20th Place Bracket

Winner advanced to 17th–20th place bracket. Loser competed in 21st–24th place bracket.

21 July 2010
Italy 7–6   Switzerland Report

Championship Round

Semi-finals Final
22 July – 16:30
  Canada   15  
  Australia   6  
 
24 July – 16:00
      Canada   10
    United States   12
Third place
22 July – 19:30 24 July – 13:00
  United States   20   Australia   16
  Japan   5     Japan   9

Semifinals

22 July 2010 Canada 15–6  Australia Report
22 July 2010 United States 20–5  Japan Report

Bronze medal match

24 July 2010 Australia 16–9  Japan Report

Gold medal match

24 July 2010 Canada 10–12  United States Report

Consolation Round

5th–8th Place Bracket

Semi-finals Final
22 July – 13:30
  England   23  
  Scotland   9  
 
24 July – 10:00
      England   14
    Germany   9
Third place
22 July – 15:00 23 July – 19:00
  Germany   14   Scotland   11
  Netherlands   1     Netherlands   10
22 July 2010
England 23–9  Scotland Report
Germany 14–1  Netherlands Report
23 July 2010
Scotland 11–10  Netherlands Report
24 July 2010
England 14–9  Germany Report

9th–12th Place Bracket

Semi-finals Final
22 July – 18:00
  Wales   5  
  Sweden   9  
 
23 July – 16:30
      Sweden   8
    Ireland   15
Third place
22 July – 18:30 23 July – 17:30
  Ireland   17   Wales   10
  Finland   6     Finland   5
22 July 2010
Wales 5–9  Sweden Report
Ireland 17–6  Finland Report
23 July 2010
Wales 10–5  Finland Report
Sweden 8–15  Ireland Report

13th–16th Place Bracket

Semi-finals Final
22 July – 15:30
  Spain   11  
  Poland   15  
 
23 July – 15:30
      Poland   3
    Czech Republic   21
Third place
22 July – 17:30 23 July – 13:30
  New Zealand   8   Spain   5
  Czech Republic   13     New Zealand   23
22 July 2010
Spain 11–15  Poland Report
New Zealand 8–13  Czech Republic Report
23 July 2010
Spain 5–23  New Zealand Report
Poland 3–21  Czech Republic Report

17th–20th Place Bracket

Semi-finals Final
22 July – 12:30
  Latvia   7  
  Bermuda   8  
 
23 July – 15:30
      Bermuda   7
    Slovakia   12
Third place
22 July – 14:30 23 July – 14:00
  Slovakia   10   Latvia   8
  Italy   4     Italy   13
22 July 2010
Latvia 7–8  Bermuda Report
Slovakia 10–4  Italy Report
23 July 2010
Latvia 8–13  Italy Report
Bermuda 7–12  Slovakia Report

21st–24th Place Bracket

Semi-finals Final
22 July – 11:30
  Austria   10  
  Norway   4  
 
23 July – 12:30
      Austria   9
    Hong Kong   8
Third place
22 July – 9:30 23 July – 12:00
  Hong Kong   15   Norway   0
   Switzerland   8      Switzerland   2
22 July 2010
Austria 10–4  Norway Report
Hong Kong 15–8   Switzerland Report
23 July 2010
Norway 0–2   Switzerland Report
Austria 9–8  Hong Kong Report

25th–28th Place Bracket

Semi-finals Final
22 July – 8:30
  South Korea   16  
  Argentina   5  
 
23 July – 11:30
      South Korea   12
    Denmark   10
Third place
22 July – 9:00 23 July – 10:30
  France   7   Argentina  8
  Denmark   9     France   10
22 July 2010
South Korea 16–5  Argentina Report
France 7–9  Denmark Report
23 July 2010
Argentina 8–10  France Report
South Korea 12–10  Denmark Report

Final standings

Rank Team Record
1st  United States 6–1
2nd  Canada 6–1
3rd  Australia 4–4
4  Japan 3–5
5  England 4–3
6  Germany 1–6
7  Scotland 6–2
8  Netherlands 5–3
9  Ireland 6–1
10  Sweden 4–3
11  Wales 5–2
12  Finland 5–3
13  Czech Republic 5–2
14  Poland 5–3
15  New Zealand 5–2
16  Spain 3–4
17  Slovakia 5–2
18  Bermuda 3–4
19  Italy 5–3
20  Latvia 2–5
21  Austria 5–2
22  Hong Kong 3–4
23   Switzerland 3–5
24  Norway 1–6
25  South Korea 3–4
26  Denmark 1–5
27  France 2–5
28  Argentina 0–6
29  Mexico 0–5
 Iroquois 0–3

See also

References

  1. ^ "World Championships". 2010 World Lacrosse Championships. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "FIL World Championships: USA Takes Gold With 12-10 Win Over Canada".  
  3. ^ a b c "2010 FIL World Lacrosse Festival". 2010 World Lacrosse Championships. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "UK won’t let Iroquois lacrosse team go to tourney". Yahoo!. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Iroquois forced to forfeit opening match against England". 2010 World Lacrosse Championships. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "England get revenge over Germany for World Cup defeat". 2010 World Lacrosse Championships. 15 July 2010. Archived from the original on 18 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Germany promoted to the Blue Division with Iroquois still missing". Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Official statement on behalf of organizers". Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "World Championship Chester the Bulldog Raring for Action". PR Log. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "FAQ Tickets". 2010 World Lacrosse Championship. Archived from the original on 23 February 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Ticket Information". 2010 World Lacrosse Championship. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c "2010 World Lacrosse Championship’s Mascot". Lacrosse Playground. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Have your say on mascot for lacrosse event". Rochdale Observer. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Support Chester in the Manchester Mile". 2010 World Lacrosse Championships. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  15. ^ "Canada does it again, downs Team USA", Lax Magazine, 17 July 2010.

External links

  • Federation of International Lacrosse
  • Official Website for 2010 World Lacrosse Championships
  • 2010 World Lacrosse Championships on Facebook
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