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HISTORY OF LACROSSE

Lacrosse was created by the Native American Iroquois people, (inhabiting the Northeastern United States and nearby parts of Canada) and played a major role in their culture. The game was originally referred to as “the Creator’s Game” or “the Medicine Game” and was played to give thanks to the creator, resolve disputes (and avoid war), and heal the spirit of the people. Games could consist of anywhere from 100 to 1,000 men on fields that stretched as long as 3 km (1.9 mi) and were played from sunup to sundown for two to three days straight.

 

Since then, lacrosse has undergone major modernization…

  • 1855: first modern lacrosse game played in Montreal

  • 1904 & 1908: lacrosse played in the Olympics

  • 1900s: lacrosse becomes popular in the eastern United States

  • 1992: lacrosse first played in Beijing

  • 2000s: lacrosse is the fastest growing team sport, grows in popularity outside the northeast (in California, Florida, and Texas)

  • 2001: Major League Lacrosse (MLL), a men’s professional a men's professional field lacrosse league, is founded

  • 2012: China becomes 44th member of Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL), the sport’s international governing body

  • 2012: NCAA (US collegiate) sanctioned teams​:

    • Men's Division I, II, III​ = 61, 46, 189

    • Women's Division I, II, III = 92, 47, 216

 

Today, lacrosse is played at the youth, collegiate, and professional levels around the world and in at least 69 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, and China.

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