The International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) has been serving as the governing body of men’s lacrosse since 1974. Among others, it aims to promote and develop the game throughout the world; set up rules and regulations for international competition; and organize world championships.
ILF held its first ever world championships also in 1974 in Melbourne, Australia where the USA won in round robin play. Moreover, it was only in 1988 when ILF authorized the world championships in the under-19 category, held in Adelaide, Australia. Finally, the conduct oft the world indoor championship in May 2003 in Ontario, Canada marked the entry of lacrosse in the international sporting scene.
To date, ILF has 14 full member nations and 6 affiliate member nations. The roster of full member nations include Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Ireland, Iroquois Nationals, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, United States, and Wales. Affiliate member nations comprise of Argentina, Denmark, Hong Kong, Finland, Italy, and Tonga. Efforts to promote lacrosse in the following countries are also ongoing: Argentina, Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, New Zealand, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and Tonga.