If you're a lacrosse enthusiast like myself, you probably pay a lot of attention to the international growth of the sport. in 2008, The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) was established to serve as the international governing body of men's and women's clubs. To date there are over 50 full member countries and an additional 20+ associate member countries. For a sport that is for the most part still growing and gaining popularity, an established governing body of all membership countries is a major necessity. The FIL establishes the rules and regulations for international play which is pivotal because they host 5 different World Championships, each taking place every four years. The FIL plays a key role in getting lacrosse
into the Olympics. IN MY OPINION, the fact that some of these "sports" are in the Olympics but lacrosse still isn't, is mind blowing. However the Olympic committee has no choice but to recognize all the hard work the FIL puts in to establish bona fide international lacrosse programs. Within the past 2 years alone, more than 5 countries have established full membership status with the FIL.