TORONTO, ONTARIO—Stan Cockerton, President of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is delighted to officially confirm that Israel is the host nation for the 2018 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championship. The event, which will feature 50 participating countries and over 2,000 athletes, will take place 12-21 July next summer in the city of Netanya, Israel.
—Stan Cockerton, FIL President
After Manchester, England withdrew from hosting the World Championship, Israel stepped in and submitted its first-ever bid to host the games in Netanya. Netanya was chosen to host the event due to the city’s achievements in sport and its success in hosting a variety of international competitions, including the European Swimming Championships, World Surfing Championships, international tennis tournaments and European Football Championships (under 21).
Netanya Mayor, Miriam Feirberg-Ikar and Chairman of the Israel Lacrosse Association (ILA), Scott Neiss held a special press conference today to unveil the news to the Israeli press and public. It was pointed out at the press conference that Israel’s opportunity to host the World Lacrosse Championship comes in light of the country’s recent success in the international arena, in which Israel won second place in the 2016 European championship and seventh place in the most recent World Championship in 2014. In fact, Israeli teams have competed in every Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) and European Lacrosse Federation (ELF) event since their debut in 2012.
—Scott Neiss, ILA Executive Director
“Netanya is proud to host the World Lacrosse Championship in the summer of 2018 for the first time in Israel and for the first time outside of English speaking countries. Netanya is honored to be the first to instill a new tradition in the lacrosse industry. I’m happy about the success of the Israeli league in the international arena and thank the Lacrosse Association for our choice as the host city.”
—Miriam Feirberg-Ikar, Mayor of Netanya
The Stadium will be utilized for a minimum of two evenings: opening ceremony and games on Thursday, July 12, and closing ceremony and medal games on Saturday, July 21.