Federation of International Lacrosse

Federation of International Lacrosse
Federation of International Lacrosse logo.png
AffiliationIWGA, GAISF
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, United States
PresidentSue Redfern[1]
Chief ExecJim Scherr
Vice president(s)Steve Stenersen
(founded)IFWLA 1972, ILF 1974
Official website

The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body of lacrosse, responsible for the men's, women's, and indoor versions of the sport. It was established in 2008 by the merger of the previously separate men's and women's international lacrosse associations.[2] Its headquarters are located in New York City, New York.

The Federation currently has 60 members, 34 of which are full members.[3][4] FIL is the only international sport organization to recognize First Nations bands and Native American tribes as sovereign nations. The Iroquois Nationals (men) and the Haudenosaunee Nationals (women) of the First Nations Lacrosse Association represent the Haudenosaunee people of New York and Ontario.


The FIL organizes the World Lacrosse Championship, the Women's Lacrosse World Cup, the Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships for both men and women, and the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship and the European Box Lacrosse Championships.


Full members[]

Country Member Name
 Argentina Argentina Lacrosse Association
 Australia Australian Lacrosse Association
 Austria Austrian Lacrosse Association
 Belgium Belgian Lacrosse Federation
 Bermuda Bermuda Lacrosse Association
 Canada Canadian Lacrosse Association
 China China Lacrosse Association
 Czech Republic Czech Lacrosse Union
 Denmark Dansk Lacrosse Forbund
 England English Lacrosse Association
 Finland Finnish Lacrosse Association
 France France Lacrosse
 Germany German Lacrosse Association
 Hong Kong Hong Kong Lacrosse Association
 Ireland Ireland Lacrosse
 Iroquois Confederacy First Nations Lacrosse Association
 Israel Israel Lacrosse
 Italy Italian Lacrosse Federation
 Jamaica Jamaica Lacrosse Association
 Japan Japan Lacrosse Association
 Latvia Latvia Lacrosse Federation
 Netherlands Dutch Lacrosse Association
 New Zealand New Zealand Amateur Lacrosse Union
 Norway Norwegian Lacrosse Federation
 Peru Peruvian Lacrosse Association
 Scotland Lacrosse Scotland
 Slovakia Slovak Lacrosse Federation
 South Korea Korea Lacrosse Association
 Spain Spanish Lacrosse Association
 Sweden Sweden Lacrosse
  Switzerland Swiss Lacrosse Federation
 Taiwan Taiwan Lacrosse Association
 Thailand Thailand Lacrosse Association
 Turkey Turkish Lacrosse Association
 United States US Lacrosse
 Wales Welsh Lacrosse Association

Associate Members[]

Country Member Name
 Bulgaria Bulgarian Lacrosse Federation
 Chile Chile Lacrosse
 Colombia Colombia Lacrosse
 Costa Rica Costa Rica Lacrosse Sporting Federation
 Croatia Croatian Lacrosse Association
 Ecuador Ecuadorian Lacrosse Association
 Estonia Eesti Lacrossiliit
 Greece Greece Lacrosse
 Guatemala Lacrosse Guatemala
 Haiti Fédération Haïtienne de Lacrosse
 Hungary Hungarian Lacrosse Federation
 Kenya Kenya Lacrosse Association
 Luxembourg Luxembourg Lacrosse Federation
 Malaysia Malaysia Lacrosse Association
 Mexico Mexican Lacrosse Federation
 Philippines Philippines Lacrosse Association
 Poland Polish Lacrosse Federation
 Portugal Portuguese Lacrosse Association
 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Lacrosse
 Qatar Qatar Lacrosse Association
 Russia Russia Lacrosse
 Serbia Serbian Lacrosse Federation
 Singapore Lacrosse Association of Singapore
 Slovenia Slovenia Lacrosse
 Uganda Uganda Lacrosse
 Ukraine Ukrainian Lacrosse Association

Allied Members[]


Lifetime Achievement Award
Name Country Year
Laurie Turnbull Australia 1974
Jack Wilkinson England 1978
Buzzy Budnitz USA 1982
Marshall Spence Canada 1986
Margaret Boyd England 1989
Jane Vache USA 1989
Clive Carr Australia 1990
Elizabeth Blaydes England 1993
Jackie Pitts USA 1993
Stan Smith England 1994
Lanetta Ware USA 2001
Tom Hayes USA 2002
Peter Hobbs Australia 2008
Feffie Barnhill USA 2009
Fiona Clark Australia 2009
Susie Ganzenmuller USA 2009
Marge Garinger USA 2009
Sue Redfern England 2009
Stan Cockerton Canada 2017
Shelley Maher Australia 2017

Predecessor organizations[]

International Lacrosse Federation[]

The International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) was founded in 1974 to promote and develop men's lacrosse throughout the world. Before 2008, the international governing bodies for men's and women's lacrosse were separate, which was one of the obstacles of lacrosse one day becoming an Olympic sport.[citation needed] In August 2008, the ILF and the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations merged to become the Federation of International Lacrosse.

The ILF conducted the World Lacrosse Championship, World Indoor Lacrosse Championship and the men’s Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships, all of which were taken over by the FIL.


The International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) was formed in 1972 to promote and develop women's lacrosse throughout the world. It wound up its affairs in August 2008 when it agreed to merge with the ILF to form the Federation of International Lacrosse.

Promoting all levels of lacrosse included IFWLA sponsorship of the Women's Lacrosse World Cup and the Women’s Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships, tournaments taken over by the FIL.

See also[]


  1. ^ Pavitt, Michael (August 9, 2017). "Redfern elected Federation of International Lacrosse President". Inside the Games. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  2. ^ Weaver, John (4 September 2008). "Men's and women's international lacrosse groups merge". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  3. ^ "FIL Members". Federation of International Lacrosse. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  4. ^ Hamilton, Matt (December 18, 2017). "Chile Recognized as FIL's 60th Member Nation". US Lacrosse Magazine. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Awards". Federation of International Lacrosse. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  6. ^ Etchells, Daniel (December 15, 2017). "Federation of International Lacrosse presents two leading officials with lifetime achievement award". Inside the Games. Retrieved 20 December 2017.

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