Stan Cockerton, President of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is delighted to announce that the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC) has been awarded to the Haudenosaunee Nation. The Championship, which takes place every four years, will be held in Syracuse and Buffalo, New York from September 18-26, 2015.
In making the announcement Cockerton stated: “The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is excited to announce that the Haudenosaunee Nation has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2015 WILC and we are extremely confident that the hosting committee, under the leadership of Neil Powless and Gewas Schindler, will run an event that the FIL and the international lacrosse community will be proud of.”
Oren Lyons, Onondaga Faithkeeper on behalf of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs said, “The Onondaga Nation is extremely proud to host the international lacrosse community and is looking forward to a successful and first-class event. The strength of the Buffalo Bandits organization, coupled with the historical and spiritual significance of hosting the championship on the homelands of the Haudenosaunee people will make this an event to remember.”
Scott Loffler, Director of Operations of the Buffalo Bandits has this to say: “The Buffalo Bandits are extremely to be selected as host, along with the Onondaga Nation, of the WILC in 2015. As we have seen in the past, the Bandits, Buffalo Sabres, First Niagara Center, and the City of Buffalo do an excellent job of putting on world class events. It will be very exciting for our fans to not only see the best lacrosse players in North America, but now they will have the opportunity to see the best indoor lacrosse players in the world”
The WILC commenced in 2003 and the previous hosts have been:
Year Location Winner
2003 Toronto, Canada Canada
2007 Nova Scotia, Canada Canada
2011 Prague, Czech Republic Canada
2015 Syracuse/Buffalo, New York Sept. 18-26, 2015.
The FIL is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. FIL currently has 45 member nations and sanctions five world championships (women’s and men’s field, women’s and men’s Under 19 field and men’s indoor). The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world.
For more information on the FIL please visit www.filacrosse.com