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US Lacrosse to host Women’s World Cup

The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) has awarded hosting rights for the 2021 edition of its Women’s World Cup to Towson in the US state of Maryland.

The event will be held at Towson University from July 7-17, 2021 and will be organised by the US Lacrosse national governing body.

The World Cup is the major international championship for women’s lacrosse and features the top female players representing up to 30 countries. The US is the defending champion, having defeated Canada 10-5 in the final of last year’s tournament in Guildford, England.

Towson University hosted the men’s and women’s U19 Lacrosse World Championships in 2003. The university’s Unitas Stadium, which will host the opening ceremonies, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the 2021 event, has a capacity of 11,198. Preliminary games will be held on additional on-campus turf fields.

FIL president Sue Redfern said: “FIL is confident that US Lacrosse will stage a memorable and successful tournament as they did with the 2014 FIL Men’s World Championships and will continue to reach new heights in generating media, public interest and television coverage for this great event.”

Steve Stenersen, US Lacrosse chief executive and FIL vice-president, added: “The opportunity to showcase the world’s best players is a privilege, and we look forward to presenting the best of our sport to what promises to be record attendance and unprecedented media attention.”

The US has won eight of the 10 Women’s World Cups, with Australia claiming the title in 1986 and 2005.