|Governing Body:||Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL)|
Lacrosse is a sport played by two opposing teams with a rubber ball and a long stick known as crosse. The stick is strung with a loose net at the head of it which is used to catch and get hold of the lacrosse ball. There are two versions of the game; the men’s and the women’s; where the former is also considered as a rough sport with cuts and intense checks to the body and the stick.
The game is said to have been developed in early 1100AD among the native people of the North American continent and is also considered as one of the oldest ball sports games. A game of technique and agility, lacrosse as it is played today first appeared in Quebec, Canada around early 1800’s.
The international governing body that governs the game of both the male and female play is Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).
The purpose of the game is to set more goals in the opponent’s goal to win the game.
The men’s team comprises of 10 players with the following positions- goalie, defense, midfield and attack along with unlimited substitutes in each team whereas the women’s team is composed of 12 players with the similar fashion- goalie, defense, midfield and attack along with unlimited substitutions each side.
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Men’s Lacrosse Field- The field is 110 yards long and 60 yards wide. A center line runs across the field that divides it into two halves. The field is 60 yards wide but the three significant portions- the attack area, the wing and the defensive area. Each measures 40 yards wide with 10 yards on either side of these portions of the field extending to the sidelines. The goals measure six ft high and six ft wide with a net attached to them in the shape of a pyramid and are situated within the end lines that allows the players to occur behind them. There is a circular area known as “crease“ that surrounds each goal and measures 5.5m in diameter.
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Women’s Lacrosse Field- The women’s lacrosse field is very different to that of their male counterparts. The field surface measures 120m by 70m with goals placed at the opposite ends at the distance of 92m from each other along with 9 meters of playing space behind each goal line. The goals are made of metal or wood and are 6 feet high and 6 feet wide. A net is attached to the post and is firmly fixed to the ground 6 feet behind the center of the goal line.