Men’s Lacrosse is included in The World Games 2022 as an Invitational Sport. Women’s Lacrosse is a Ball Sport on the Official Program.
Lacrosse is a team sport played with a stick and a ball. Players use the head of the lacrosse stick to carry, pass, catch and shoot the ball into a goal. Men’s lacrosse is a contact sport and all players wear protective gear: helmet, gloves, shoulder pads and elbow pads. The women’s game does not allow body contact, but does allow stick-to-stick contact. The only protective gear required for women players is eye gear, while goalies wear helmets and protective pads. In men’s lacrosse, there are ten players on each team: three attackmen, three midfielders, three defensemen, and one goalie. Each player carries a stick. The mid-field line separates the field into an offensive and defensive zone for each team. Each team must keep four players in its defensive zone and three players in its offensive zone at all times. It does not matter which positional players satisfy the requirement. In women’s lacrosse, there are twelve players, and players must abide by certain boundaries that do not exist in men’s play.