Statement From Lacrosse Canada on WJLC and CLL

Jul. 21, 2022

Lacrosse Canada has made a statement regarding the upcoming World Junior Lacrosse Championship hosted by the CLL in Winnipeg, MB August 8-14:


The IIJL World Junior Championships scheduled for August 8-14, 2022 in Winnipeg Manitoba is not a World Lacrosse (WL) or Lacrosse Canada (LC) Sanctioned event. As such any regional combine that is being run by this organization, CLL (Canadian Lacrosse League) is not a LC sanctioned event. The CLL (Canadian Lacrosse League) is NOT an entity of Lacrosse Canada.

All Member Associations (MA’s) under LC should not be sanctioning nor supporting the event in anyway. WL is the recognized World Body for Lacrosse and is the only lacrosse body that can sanction World Championships. LC and its MA’s, as members of WL and also of Sport Canada, support WL.

Any reference to “Team Canada” is not part of the LC National Team Program and therefore there is no Team Canada participating in this event.

As per LC Policy 5.1.5 - Team Canada refers to only sanctioned and officially recognized Canadian National Teams operated under the jurisdiction of LC.

Any players wishing to try out for this event/attending regional combines should be aware they will not be playing for Team Canada but a team put together of Canadian players not sanctioned by WL and LC. These players will not be recognized as legitimate Team Canada players nor be covered by any insurance under LC.

Any officials participating in these events would not be covered under LC Insurance.


- Jane Clapham, Executive Director, Lacrosse Canada

Click here to view the full Lacrosse Canada Statement


The 2022 World Junior Lacrosse Championship, while being hosted in Winnipeg, MB, is NOT sanctioned by, affiliated with, or supported by World Lacrosse, Lacrosse Canada, or the Manitoba Lacrosse Association.

As per Lacrosse Canada Policy 5.1.2., any MLA members invited to participate in this unsanctioned event must first gain permission from the Manitoba Lacrosse Association by email to no less than 7 days prior to the start of the event. This includes athletes, coaches, and officials.

Any participation in non-sanctioned events without permission from your local Lacrosse Canada Member Association will result in loss of eligibility for all National Championships and Team Canada events, and may result in discipline internally with the MLA.


Please contact the MLA office should you have any questions.


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