World Lacrosse, Limerick 2020 Organizing Committee Confirm
Men's U19 World Championship Will Not Be Held in 2020
World Lacrosse and the Limerick 2020 Organizing Committee confirmed on 24 March 2020 that the Men's U19 World Championship, originally scheduled for July 9-18, 2020 in Limerick, Ireland, will not be held in 2020.
The potential health risks and uncertainty posed by the global pandemic brought about by the COVID-19 virus are simply too great to proceed with the event as originally scheduled.
World Lacrosse has initiated a consultation process with all 20 member-National
Governing Bodies that had planned to participate in the event to assess a full range of options for the Championship. In addition, later this week, World Lacrosse will host two virtual "town hall meetings" for representatives from its member-National Governing Bodies and Continental Federations to obtain further feedback and recommendations regarding the Men's U19 World Championship and other international lacrosse activities.
World Lacrosse and the Limerick 2020 Organizing Committee will have an announcement in April addressing future plans for the Men's U19 World Championship. An update will also be provided on the Lacrosse World Festival.
World Lacrosse would like to thank its National Governing Bodies and Continental Federations for their continued input and support, and the wider international lacrosse family for following the advice of public health authorities and doing our part, as a sport, to help combat the global pandemic.
The Men’s Under-19 World Championships commenced in 1988 with Australia, the USA, Japan and Canada playing host. The championship tournament runs every four years. The USA has won all seven previous championships, but with two losses in the tournament in 2012 held in Turku, Finland, during the round-robin stage, signs of increased parity were showing.
Twelve nations attended the 2008 and 2012 U-19 championships, with Australia, Bermuda, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Iroquois Nationals, Japan, Korea, Scotland, USA and Wales in 2008, and the Czech Republic and Netherlands replacing Bermuda and Japan in the 2012 event in Turku. The 2016 tournament is being once again hosted by Canada, and includes an expanded field of fifteen teams which includes previous participants Canada, USA, Iroquois Nationals, Australia, England, Germany, Korea and Scotland, as well as newcomers Israel, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, Spain, China and of course Ireland.
The 2016 tournament was once again hosted by Canada, with an expanded field of fourteen teams which included previous participants Canada, USA, Iroquois Nationals, Australia, England, Germany, Korea and Scotland, as well as newcomers Israel, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, China and of course Ireland. In a close final, the USA came back from an 8-2 deficit to Canada at halftime to win 13-12, scoring the winning goal with 8 seconds remaining in the game to retain their gold medal. Let's hope for an equally thrilling 2020 event!
Ireland wins bid to host 2020 Men’s
Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships!
Michael Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer of Ireland Lacrosse, is pleased to announce that Ireland has been successful in its bid to host the 2020 Men’s Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships. The bid was developed in partnership between Ireland Lacrosse (the national governing body for the sport of lacrosse in Ireland), Event Ireland (a division of Failte Ireland), Abbey Events and the University of Limerick.
The tournament will take place from 9-18 July 2020 at the University of Limerick. UL provides an outstanding venue for this event, with its top-class sports facilities, residential accommodation and extensive food options, all co-located on a beautiful campus along the River Shannon.
Visit the Championship web page for more information on the World Lacrosse Men's U-19 World Championship
Visit the Festival web page for more information on the World Festival.
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