Lacrosse is back in the Olympics for LA2028!

Ireland Lacrosse is excited to hear the news that lacrosse will be back in the Olympics in Los Angeles, California, USA in 2028!

Read more about this exciting development from World Lacrosse here.

Lacrosse was a competitive event in the Olympics in 1904 and 1908 – the Canadian team that won gold in 1908 was captained by Irish-born Paddy Brennan. It was also an exhibition sport in 1928, 1932 and 1948.

“We hope that the increased profile that Olympic inclusion will bring to lacrosse, will assist us in further promoting and developing the game here in Ireland,” says Ireland Lacrosse CEO Michael Kennedy.

The version of lacrosse that will feature in LA2028 is the new Sixes version (6v6) which is an incredibly fast-paced, compact version of the game, combining the best elements of the traditional field and box disciplines.

Lacrosse is globally played, accessible and equitable, with a unique Native American origin and modern, youthful relevancy.

Ireland Lacrosse wholeheartedly supports the inclusion of the Haudenosaunee Nationals in the Olympics and sincerely hopes that progress can be made in earnest by all relevant parties to identify the appropriate pathway for their inclusion.

The Ireland Men’s Sixes National Team is led by Sean Bodie as Head Coach (sbodie@irelandlacrosse.ie) and the Ireland Women’s Sixes National Team is led by Meghan Smith as Head Coach (msmith@irelandlacrosse.ie).

Ireland Lacrosse currently anticipates that there will be a World Sixes Championship (men and women) in 2026, which will serve as a Qualifier for LA2028.  There is likely to be a European Sixes Championship (men and women), which will likely function as a Qualifier for the 2026 World event, in 2025.

The latest information will be distributed to Ireland Lacrosse members in due course – join now via https://irelandlacrosse.justgo.com/!

Want to learn more about the Sixes discipline of lacrosse?  Check out the World Lacrosse Sixes playlist on the Ireland Lacrosse YouTube channel, the World Lacrosse Sixes Resources, and a very useful Q&A about Lacrosse’s return to the Olympics!

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