Quick Guide to Understanding Lacrosse Offensive Formations
As a goalie, it helps to understand what lacrosse offenses are trying to do. Then we can recognize where potential scoring threats could arise and be prepared to stop them.
Like the sport of basketball, offenses in lacrosse can run a number of different formations each coming with its set of pros and cons.
Here are 7 of the most common lacrosse offensive sets that I’ve seen in my playing and coaching days.
Quick note for those unfamiliar with lacrosse, the set names count the number of players starting from behind the goal and moving towards the midfield line. So a 2-3-1 has 2 players behind the goal and 1 up top.
I’ve seen coaches call it reversed where the “2-3-1” has 1 player behind the goal and 2 up top but I was always taught to count players starting from behind the goal. So that’s my nomenclature with these different lacrosse offensive formations.
You can click here to jump right to a particular set:
Out of each offensive formation, teams can run any number of plays so this is just a high-level post outlining each formation and their pros and cons. While some of these formations may apply to the female game, this post really concentrates on the formations in the male game.
1-4-1 Offensive Set
In the 1-4-1 set, the offense will have the following:
- 1 middie up top
- 4 players across the middle
- 1 attackman behind the goal
Benefits of the 1-4-1
The 1-4-1 formation gives the middie up top a lot of room to dodge and initiate.
If the players across the middle are closer to the goal this means the defense’s slide must travel a long way to arrive and that usually spells trouble for the defense as the dodger has plenty of time to make the right feed.
If the 4 players execute good movement and picks this 1-4-1 set can be tricky for defenses to plan the right slide packages because the 2nd slide doesn’t know which middie or attackman to pickup with all the movement.
The 1-4-1 is often used against the zone defense as it tends to overload specific zones and also spread out the defense to create dodging and scoring opportunities for the wing players.
Since the 1-4-1 set puts two players on the crease, this can open up space on the perimeter as the defense must sluff in on the backside to help guard this crease overload.
Here is LaxFilmRoom’s breakdown of a play out of a 1-4-1 set:
Cons of the 1-4-1
First, if a takeaway check happens there is nobody there to stop the fastbreak. Second, it is pretty easy for the defense to shut off the wings of the 1-4-1 leaving the top middie with no outlet, or maybe a very long outlet pass.
Since the 1-4-1 puts two offensive players on the crease, if the O does not execute good movement it makes sliding and recovering very easy. The middle stays clogged and defenses will have no trouble sliding to a driving attackman.
The 1-4-1 set opens up teams to potential fast breaks after a save because there is only a single middie up top.
2-2-2 Offensive Set
In the 2-2-2 set the offense will have the following:
- 2 middies across the top
- 2 players (middie and attackman) across the middle
- 2 attack behind the goal
Benefits of the 2-2-2
The 2-2-2 gives the middie dodgers from up top room to sweep towards the goal or dodge down the alley.
With four players on the outside and two in the crease, it can open up passing lanes that lead to more shots on goal.
The 2-2-2 sets up very natural “2-man games” where a player can pick and re-pick with a partner. Instead of working with 5 other players on offense, a player can focus on working with a single teammate to get open and create opportunity.
For these reasons the 2-2-2 is a common formation used in the youth game. Getting 6 players on the same page is a tougher challenge with youth.
Because of the ability to run 2 man games, this offensive set has the advantage of being able to “hide” weaker offensive players who don’t have to be involved in the play.
The 2-2-2 set, due to its multiple players on the crease, also shares the same advantages of the 1-4-1 in that with good inside movement the defense’s second slide can often get confused as to who he should be covering.
Cons of the 2-2-2
With the middle crease players close to the goal, the offense may have trouble passing the ball around the perimeter as the other 4 players form a square that results in long passes.
Like the 1-4-1 set, if the middle crease players are not active, they simply clog up the middle. This makes it difficult for dodgers to get to the goal.
The ball carriers on the outer square of the 2-2-2 can get isolated pretty easily by a strong defense who takes away adjacent passes.
By putting 2 players behind the goal this set only puts 4 players in a position to score. The players behind the goal will need to dodge or cut to get into a position to score.
Here’s LaxCoachMike discussing the 2-2-2 offensive set:
2-3-1 Offensive Set
In the 2-3-1 set, the offense sets up with:
- 2 attackmen behind the goal
- 3 players across the middle
- 1 middie up top
Benefits of the 2-3-1 Set
The 2-3-1 formation spreads out the offense, allowing a team room to run motion plays.
With more open space available, middies and attackmen have more opportunities to beat their man 1×1.
The 2-3-1 set, which features an attackman in the crease and one behind the cage, puts teams in position to rebound, screen and back-up shots.
This offensive set typically works better against man-to-man defenses, but still can be effective against a zone.
This is a good set for teams with strong attackman as they can play a “2-man game” behind the goal to create good opportunities.
You’ll often see an offense invert with this set, sending the middies behind the goal and putting defensive middies in a position they’re not accustomed to defending.
Like the 1-3-2 this set also allows for great motion offense.
Cons of the 2-3-1 Set
The 2-3-1 is pretty balanced. With a single attackman behind the goal the offense is at risk of losing possession after an errant shot if the wing attackman don’t rotate to fill in the space behind the goal when the X attackman dodges.
This offensive set is very common. Since most teams have this in their arsenal, defenses are usually pretty adapt at knowing how to defend. That is, where the 1st and 2nd slides will come from.
A con of this set is that if the defense shuts off the X attackman adjacent to the wing middie ball carrier, he doesn’t have a lot of passing options.
Like the 1-4-1 with only a single middie up top, the offense is vulnerable to fast breaks.
Here is LaxFilmRoom breaking down a play out of the 2-3-1 set:
1-3-2 Offensive Set
In this set, the offense set up as such:
- 1 attackmen behind the goal
- 3 players across the middle
- 2 middies up top
Pros of the 2-3-1 Set
This set comes with many of the same pros as the previous (1-3-2) set.
Namely, it’s very easy to run a great motion offense and keep very good spacing to give each offensive player room to operate.
In this set 5 players are a threat to score without a dodge or cut and that puts additional pressure on the defense. Because of this you’ll also see this set used in man-up situations.
Both the 1-3-2 and 2-3-1 set are good ball possession offensive sets because they provide the ball carrier with 2 adjacent outlets. If those are shutoff, a dodge and a skip pass is usually there so no player is left stranded 1×1 like in other sets.
Cons of the 1-3-2
Like the 1-4-1 set, this 1-3-2 puts only one offensive player behind the goal. If they initiate to the goal, the offense has little backup for a shot that misses the cage.
Like the 2-3-1 set, this set is also very common. So defenses have gone up against plenty of times before. Thus they should be pretty comfortable in knowing where slides are coming from and how to properly defend.
3-3 Offensive Set
In the 3-3 set we have:
- 3 players up top
- 3 players across the middle
- No players behind the goal
Benefits of the 3-3
The primary benefit of the 3-3 set is that every single player is a threat to score.
We often see the 3-3 formation used in man-up situation because of that.
The defense must respect every single player because they’re all in a position to get a good shot.
The 3-3-3 sets up very nice spacing so the offense can hit a nice skip pass that sets up a great goal scoring opportunity.
Another pro of this set is that it’s very easy to transition into any other set mentioned in this post. As a result, coaches will often setup their EMO units in the 3-3 regardless of which set they ultimately end up using in order to confuse the defense.
Cons of the 3-3
This balanced set is a way to spread the field, but it leaves the area behind the net unmanned. As a result, it can be harder to back-up a missed shot resulting in lost possessions.
So as a goalie or defense, understand that shots that miss the cage can result in a quick turnover with a little hustle.
When not in man up, the 3-3 set doesn’t give a dominant offensive stud a lot of room to operate.
Here is an offense out of the 3-3-3 from Trilogy lacrosse:
Open Set Lacrosse Offense
The next offensive formation we’ll look at in this post is the “open set” – sometimes called the wheel or the cirlce offense. This set has:
- 1 player up top.
- 2 players across the high middle
- 2 players across the low middle
- 1 player behind the goal
I’ve also seen a version with a rotated circle such that two players are behind the goal and two middies are up top.
Advantages of the Open Set
In the open set or circle offense, the offense can pass the ball around the perimeter very easy. If the offense is looking to get everyone a touch, this is a great formation to start in before transitioning into another.
With the addition of the shot clock, I wonder if that strategy will be removed from the college game this year.
In the wheel set, while typically no player is a threat without a dodge or cut, the circle formation helps the offense get into the flow by getting the ball into and out of every player’s stick.
Another advantage of this offense set, is that with nobody on the crease, the defense must slide adjacent and rotate as the 2nd slide.
Anyone who has read my defense strategy post will understand the adjacent slide package, however many teams do not practice this and when its time to execute in the games, they fail.
The open set gives the offense good spacing and opens up a huge area for cutters from the back-side of the offense, especially through the middle, and forcing the adjacent slides also opens up large areas for good outside shooters to take advantage of.
Like other sets, out of the open set the offense can quickly transition in any other formation even while a ballcarrier is dodging.
Cons of the Open Set
Against a good zone defense, the open set doesn’t do much to create scoring opportunities.
In this open set, like other sets mentioned in this post. there is only one player in optimum position to back up shots at X. Again, if they drive to the goal the offense might not have anyone in position in chase out errant shots.
Something to keep in mind for athletic goalies who like to win their team a possession with hustle.
With the addition of the shot clock, it will be interesting to see offenses continue to use the open set because getting everyone a touch or two before starting to attack can eat up 30 of your allotted 60 seconds very quickly.
Here is Coach Corrigan explaining some benefits of the open set:
2-1-3 Offensive Set
Similar to the open set, our final lacrosse offensive formation is the 2-1-3, sometimes called the “umbrella set”. This set features;
- 3 middies up top.
- 1 crease attack
- 2 attack behind the goal
Advantages of the 2-1-3
This set shares a lot of advantages as the open set in that the offense has a lot of room to work.
Unlike the open set where the defense knows that they must slide adjacent, in the 2-1-3 set there is a crease attackman so the offense can trick the D by clearing out the crease as the ballcarrier drives. Thereby making the slide extremely long and opening up opportunities.
If you have a talented crease attackman he’s going to get a lot of good looks in this set.
The other benefit of this set is that it enables really good two-man games from behind. Because the middies are high it leaves a lot of room to maneuver and create great scoring opportunities.
Cons of the 2-1-3
Couple cons of this set. If the attackmen behind are not talented players, they’re a bit isolated and will have trouble finding an outlet if the defense shuts off adjacents.
This set requires a good crease attackman. Not only in their stick skills but also in their lacrosse IQ of knowing when to clear space, when to screen, when to pop.
An inexperienced crease attackman is only going to clog up the middle and create an easier slide for the defense.
Here is Coach Miller discussing plays out of the umbrella set:
There quite a few different lacrosse offensive formations that teams can use to attack the goal.
Each one comes with its set of pros and cons and as a goalie or defense, you should be aware of what they are.
Understanding what a lacrosse offense is trying to do means you have a high lacrosse IQ and that’s part of being an elite lacrosse goalie.
This post is just an introduction to all the offensive sets I know. Different plays and strategies from each go a lot deeper and could be the subject of 2000 word posts all on their own.
If you want to learn more about the particulars of an offensive set, try searching the internets and most likely you’ll find a good source.
Until next time! Coach Damon
What’s your least favorite offensive set to go up against? Would love to hear about it in the comments.
Lacrosse 101: Offense – LAXPlaybook
1-4-1 | 2-2-2 | 2-3-1 | 1-3-2 | 3-3 | Circle-2 | Circle-1
In an unsettled situation the athletes and more skilled players tend to take over, however It is in the settled game that the tactical genius can shine.
I have heard many times that 80% of all goals are scored in unsettled situations. I believe that is a slightly inflated number to make a point about the value of transition. It does not matter what the percentage is you still need a plan for the settled offense. If you have the ball on offense, what are you going to do? throw the ball in the air to create a unsettled situation hoping you will score? Of course not. Remember, the unsettled situations you can work on during practice, but once game time arrives those situations are in the players hands. However the settled offense you have much more control over. Thus you want to be prepared when the opportunity arrises, especially if your players are not as strong.
A few things to note:
Miantain fluidity. This site has many plays. However that does not mean your of offense should be made up of players running a play, stopping then running another. Almost all the plays can be run on the fly and can be incorperated as part as a greater offensive scheme ie… “when the ball is here we do that” “when we see him we do this” etc…. Therefore try and not look at all the plays as isolated items but rather ideas that incorperated into a greater system. If you see a play and your team has to stop what they are doing and reset to run it, it is probably not the play for you.
A jack of all is an expert of none. Narrow your plays down to a few and execute them perfectly rather then having a ton of plays that are executed poorly.
There many ideas for offenses on this site and there are many more that are not on this site. If you understand the game and have a creative mind the possibilities seem endless. But you can not execute them all, pick a few and go with it. Consider which ideas will work with your players & scheme and be able to execute with the greatest ease.
When the defense moves the offense scores.Lacrosse tends to be a very dodger focus game unlike sports like soccer or hockey. Meaning, we largely rely on one guy being able to beat there defenseman one on one. With that being said, good defenses are taught to help when they see a bad match developing. Thus if you can design plays that take advantage of the slide you are more likely to succeed. Try and teach the dodger that his goal is not to score but rather to get the defense moving by being a threat and then moving the ball. If this is done correctly the goal will typically be 2 passes away from the initial dodger.
Options are great.Each play should have a initial option and an option #2 and #3. It should never be a one and done type of play. One well designed play can be run over and over again while to the defense it looks like a different play is happening each time. This is due to the fact that once one option is taken away the other options are executed.
Players need rules to follow.Many people preach a free-flowing lacrosse offense where players make decisions on the fly. But even in those the players have rules to follow and understand where there are options are. Especially at the levels where players are new, they need to have rules ie… “If the ball goes here then you go there”, “when the attackmen dodges rotate this way”… whatever works for you.
Remember a free flow offense is great, but it should not be chaos. I have also seen the complete opposite of chaos happen where a coach puts his players in a set and hopes the players know what to do, but it ends up being completely stagnant because they have no concrete guidance.
Have a theme.There are numerous ways to succeed in this sport and plays are great, but you need a framework to operate.
Are you a motion offense?
Do you initiate from the attack?
Do you initiate from the Midfield?
What is your default set?
There are many questions you can ask yourself, but the players need to know the theme of the offense to keep everybody on the same page.
Know who you are working with. So many young coaches coach as if they were playing. There reference point is only what has worked for them as a player. They have not seen the numerous other possibilities to cater to the talent on the team. The older coaches who have seen so much know all the different ways to put a given group of players in the best chance to succeed within their system.
For example, if your players have poor stick skills, using a 2-2-2 is a bad idea as the passes are long.
Opinions will vary. Everything on this site is based on ideas and opinions that can be debated. Which is part of the fun of coaching. However when the game starts the only opinion that matters is yours. Parents, spectators and even players will often think they know better. If you are a coach who cares then there is no way that ANYBODY knows more then you. For the simple reason that you see your kids every day, know there skills set better then anybody, and if you are reading this write now you are the type of coach that puts the work in to find the best strategy for your team.
The 6 Lacrosse Offense Formations You Need To Dominate
In any lacrosse game, the balance between aggressive attacking play and solid defensive play is vital to ensure your team scores as often as possible without conceding unnecessary goals.
In this article, we’re going to look at offensive play – how it’s defined and the different strategies and formations teams use.
What is lacrosse offense?
There are four main player positions in a lacrosse team, attackmen, midfielders, defensemen, and the goalkeeper.
Offense, or attacking play, is carried out by the attackmen with the support of the midfielders. Defense, or defensive play, is the job of the defensemen, again with the support of the midfielders.
An offense formation is a name used to describe the positions of each player involved in the offensive play. There are a number of different offensive arrangements.
Most teams will mainly train with one or two formations, and start with specific formations regularly. However, teams may also change formation (sometimes within a single game) to exploit specific weak points in the opposing defense, in response to another team playing style, or to try out new plays to approach the game from a new angle.
Teams spend hundreds of hours training their players with lacrosse attack drills to ensure that the formation is understood, each player knows their position, and that the team works as a unit during attacking play.
This type of training is supported by individual players training the specific skills they need – shooting for an attackman, passing or running for a midfielder, etc. This training may be group-based, in pairs, or individual (for example, practicing shooting techniques with a lacrosse rebounder).
What are the different offensive formations in lacrosse?
The lacrosse attack position is described by a 2 or 3 number sequence which shows how many players are in the rear, middle, and front of the formation.
The players further forward will be attackmen, and those further back will be midfielders.
So, for example in a 1-4-1 formation, there will be one midfielder at the back, two midfielders, and two attackmen ahead of that, and the remaining attackman at the front. Or, in a 3-3 formation, three midfielders lined up behind three attackmen.
Let’s look at the most commonly used formations in offense, and the advantages each can bring to a game.
In this formation, the forward attackman is fed passes from the middle group and is the primary shooter.
The supporting attackmen have the opportunity to sit a little further back, opening up the possibility of time and space shots.
While the lone midfielder at the back of the formation has a better view of the plays and is responsible for spotting counterattacks early and dropping back to link up with the defensemen as needed.2-2-2 Formation
This formation pairs midfielders and attackmen together, with a mixed pair in the middle.
The middle pair are able to quickly drop back or run upfield to support their teammates during the offensive play depending on what’s needed.
This formation is great for responsive play, where players may need to switch positions quickly to respond to the defensive position.2-3-1 Formation
This formation works well for feeding passes forward to build plays from the midfield.
It provides a relatively strong defense at the cost of leaving the frontmost attackman isolated.
The middle attackmen, therefore, have to relieve some of this pressure, making runs wide, passing into the center, or setting up long-range shots.
The two midfielders, as well as feeding the ball, provide defensive cover if possession is lost.1-3-2 Formation
This inversion of the 2-3-1 formation puts a greater focus on attacking play at the cost of some defensive strength.
The advantage of this is that the two forward attackmen have greater opportunity to interact, and are harder to pin down from the view the opposing defense will have of the play.
It allows for explosive play, with sudden runs and dodges to move the ball quickly through the defensive players.3-3 Formation
This is the most balanced formation – the midfielders are evenly spaced behind the defenders.
It allows for a great deal of flexibility in terms of playing style, and the ability for players to switch quickly between attack and defense, which is important for repelling counterattacks.
If all 6 offensive players are pushed too far forward, however, there is a risk of opposing attackmen being able to make sudden breaks through.2-1-3 Formation
This formation is very attack focused, with all three of the attackmen upfield as far as possible.
While this has the obvious advantage of opening up shooting opportunities from multiple angles and occupying the opposing defensemen across multiple positions, it is probably the formation most vulnerable to a sudden counter-attack.
The two rearmost defenders have to be aware of their positioning and constantly check that they are not pushed upfield too far, leaving the defense exposed.
Lacrosse zone offense vs. lacrosse motion offense
The two terms above describe different approaches to how players interact with their opponents.
Zonal play assigns players to specific areas of the field and encourages a passing game, where players stay (for the most part) within the area defined by their position, moving the ball between them to set up attacking and shooting opportunities. When executed well, this type of offensive play uses the speed of passing to overcome defenses, leaving them unable to respond in time as the ball switches position rapidly.
A motion offense encourages players to move between zones to make runs into the defensive half, dodge defenders, and find shooting opportunities.
Passing is important here too, although it can be more challenging as players need to track their teammates as the fluid formation changes quickly. This strategy is well suited to sudden, explosive plays and requires a physical dominance of the field.
The mindset of a great offense
In many sports, the focus tends to be on the eventual win, but the journey is just as important.
A strong offense will make the most of each and every player, take advantage of their individual abilities and weaknesses, and is as much psychological as it is physical.
Focusing on the mental aspect of the game can be the key to a strong offense which is harder for the opposing team to break through, and can increase your chances of serious success.
Ways to boost a psychological offense
A psychological approach has a number of aspects:
- Each player must be seen and trained as an individual, with their own strengths, weaknesses, and elements to contribute to the wider team.
- Things change; players may have off days, and being prepared for this means that other team members can pick up and cover weak spots, ensuring the strength of the whole.
- Recognize that errors can be addressed, but the way in which coaches choose to do this can have a massive impact. Feedback needs to be corrective and constructive as opposed to purely negative.
Lacrosse offense takeaways
When setting up an offense it is vital to take into consideration each player’s strengths and weaknesses, the teams over cohesiveness, and the opponent’s skill sets.
Consider all the configurations with a player in mind for each position and decide what would work best for your team.
Offensive Lacrosse Plays | Lacrosse Playbook
Player 1 has the ball, working the right side of the field Player 7 can set a pick for player six and roll Player 7 can fake setting the pick and flash back Player 1 can crease roll and player 7 back door Player 6 and player 7 can clear to opposite elbow, player 1 […]
Player 7 has the ball, passes to player 6 and sets screen for ball Player 1 circles behind, clearing the lane and stacking with player 2 Players 6 and 7 drive and roll for each other Player 2 and player 1 can show on right side of crease or be an outlet for drive
Player 1 has ball Player 2 goes through front side to opposite pipe Player 3 goes through to elbow and can be used on backdoor cut Player 4 pinches for player 1’s crease roll Player 5 would be the outlet if drive stopped
Two stacks one with 3 and one with 2 3 person stack cuts first all the way through (best option is to feed last cutter) After 3 cut, ball swing behind 2 person stack: first in stack cuts and joins others 2nd person in stack pops high to far off center has mark Ball handler […]
Ball starts with 4 4 passes to 5 and posts up opposite pipe Work ball around – 5 passes to 6 and keeps defense on crease 6 passes to 7 and pinches on hash mark 7 passes to 1 and pinches on hash mark with 6 1 passes to 2 and pinches on hash mark […]
Ball starts with 3 3 passes to 4 2 and 3 are working together, 1 is pinching on her defense for quick back door 3 cuts through high to set a screen for 2 to use After 2 cuts (left hand up), 3 plants and cuts to goal (right hand up) 4 has 2 as […]
When 7 receives the ball, both 1 and 6 run together to set a channel for 3 to cut down the middle 7 has 3 as first option After 3 cuts, 1 curls and cuts as well 2 pinches on her defense to keep her occupied
Attackers 5 and 4 work the crease together working opposite each other 4 posts up on the front side of the crease 5 has the ball behind 4 keeps defense to the inside and stands even with the pipe 5 keeps her defense and the goal keeper on the near post and hits back post […]
6 passes to 7 and sets a screen on 7 As she drives, if 7 has the lane, then she goes If 6’s defense slides to double, then 7 curls to goal (like a pick and roll in basketball) 5 pinches on the crease for the back door
Attacker 4 has the ball, 2 joins 3, 7 joins 6 The back player (2) fakes high and ducks back under defense to make a goal side cut 4 has the option to put up a high leading pass for 2 3 then pops out for a pass from 4 2 pinches with 1 to […]
Attacker 3 passes to 4, then sets pick for 2 2 uses pick and if does not receive, sets pick for 1 1 uses pick and if does not receive, sets pick for 7 7 uses pick Also have a crease roll for 4 if none of the cuts work
Run out of a basic 2-2-2 set this play requires all six players to work together. If run correctly, this is one of the hardest plays to defend.
A quick-hit play that is run typically off of the endline or at the end of a quarter. Includes a ball flip, screen, and flip. If your attackmen are crafty enough, this is a play to get the crowd going.
A play run out of a 1-3-2 set that forces the defense to slide and allows the offense to play with a man advantage for a quick second, resulting in space for passing lanes and time to catch and shoot.
A play designed out of a 2-1-3 to create separation and mismatches off of a double pick. Let your top middie sweep for his right hand and take over a game.
A double invert quick-hit play ran out of a wide 2-2-2 set with screens and cuts. If your players don’t telegraph where they are going, this play will be highly efficient.
A set play out of a basic 2-2-2 that has screens/pops and allows for your playmakers to attack the unbalanced backside.
Run out of an offset 1-2-3 set. A longer play to execute with a fair amount of ball and player. Tell your players to keep their heads up because one of the three cutters off of screens are bound to be open.
A 2-2-2 set, with screens coming from an attackman behind and a middie up top. Exploit a defense that doesn’t have its head on a swivel.
Thunder is a 2-3-1 double invert. With quick, accurate ball movement behind and correct timing with the picks on the crease, this play should be a consistent go to when you need a goal.
Executed out of a 1-3-2 set with screens, pops and slips. Designed to get your best shooters open to let one fly.
A 2-2-2 set play, when run correctly with timing and spacing, it forces the defense to pick its poison.
Executed out of a staggered 1-4-1 set with picks and pops on either side of the field giving the dodging middie freedom to go righty or lefty. Tell your middies to keep an eye out for the wide open slip since the defense will be all over the popping attack.
A middie initiated play out of a 2-1-3 that has great player movement and opens up passing lanes with all the picks, slips and screens.
A 1-4-1 set play, with one side of the field setting picks and slips and the backside half looking for skip passes.
Play is run out of a staggered 2-1-3 set with a pick-and-slip on the ball and a screen and pop on the crease. A great play to open a game when the opposition is matchup conscious.
A simple quick-hit play ran out of a wide 2-2-2 set with picks up top and on the crease. A great simple play to add to any offensive game plan.
A straight 1-4-1 play set, with picks and pops on either side allowing freedom-of-play direction.
Arrow is executed out of a 2-3-1 set with picks on either side of the ball carrier, allowing him to improvise and look for his sneaks and slips.
A play run out of a 1-3-2 set that forces the defense to slide and allows the offense to play with a man advantage for a quick second, resulting in space for passing lanes and time to catch and shoot.
A single invert out of a 2-3-1 with a double pick behind creating space and mismatch for the offense. Have your best shooters ready to let it rip.
Lacrosse – Offensive Formations – Beginner Lacrosse
Lacrosse – Offensive Formations
This page looks at some of the basic offensive plays & formations used in lacrosse. It covers lacrosse offenses such as 2-3-1, 2-2-2, 3-1-2, etc. These are the most common offensive strategies used by lacrosse coaches. Moreover, many advanced offenses are just variations of these basic formations. Please visit our section on Lacrosse Coaching for more lacrosse offensive & defensive drills and strategies.
Basic Lacrosse Offense Formations
- 2-3-1 – This lacrosse offensive formation has two middies up top, three players (two attack and one middie) along GLE & the crease and one attackman at X. The 2-3-1 offense is probably the most common offense utilized by beginning and intermediate lacrosse coaches.
- 2-2-2 – This lacrosse offensive formation has two middies up top, two players (middie & attackman) near the crease and two attackmen behind GLE.
- 3-1-2 – This lacrosse offensive formation has three middies up top, one attackman on the crease and two attackmen behind GLE.
- 1-4-1 – This lacrosse offensive formation has one middie up top, two middies on the wings, two attackmen on the crease and one attackman at X.
Please watch the lacrosse videos below to see how these offensive formations are utilized by lacrosse coaches.
Instructional Videos for Lacrosse Offensive Formations
Lacrosse 2-3-1 Offense
Lacrosse 2-2-2 Offense
Lacrosse 3-1-2 Offense
Lacrosse 1-4-1 Offense
2-3-1 Lacrosse Plays
The Basic Lacrosse Formation
This is the main formation that most teams use. 2-3-1 lacrosse plays are the easiest to start out with. Two middies are up top, one middie is on the crease, two attackmen are on goal-line-extended, and one attackman is behind the net at X.
Coaches will usually start teams off by using this formation. This is great for cutting to the net.
Good rotation is vital to the success of this offense. The attack and middies must be constantly rotating, and constantly looking for scoring chances.
||In order to produce good goals in the 2-3-1 formation, both the middies and attack must rotate.
Middies should rotate in a counter-clockwise movement, while the attack rotates clockwise.
The upper-right middie cuts to the crease (always looking for the pass), as the bottom right attackman has the ball. Then the upper left middie slides to replace him, and the crease middie moves up to replace the upper left.
This can be VERY CONFUSING, so I suggest looking at the diagram at left.
The attackmen should be looking for the inside pass whenever they have the ball.
A good rotating offense can really confuse the defense. After a little while, the defense will start to get lazy, and anticipate a passThats when you strike. Throw an inside pass to a cutting middie for a goal.
This 2-3-1 lacrosse play is a very simple “curl”. If it is run to perfection, with great timing, it is almost impossible to stop. It requires a good feeder at the top of the box, and a great finisher to put the ball in the back of the net.
The ball starts up top with the top left middie. He makes a few moves, then passes the ball to the top right middie. As soon as he passes the ball, he should cut hard down to the crease, and set a pick for the middie playing crease.
At the same time, the bottom left attackman should run behind the net and set a pick for the attackman at X.
The top right middie with the ball should fake like he is going right, but then cut hard to the right. It is important to do this quickly, or else the timing of the play will be terrible.
As the top middie cuts to the left, the crease middie and the attackman at X will come off their picks, and be ready to catch the ball.
The top middie passes the ball to the player who is more open. That player catches it, and quickly does a turning jump shot.
They should aim at the bottom left corner of the goal.
This is a great play if your team is quick or stealthy. It is very important that you have a good finisher and a good passer.
For more information on this 2-3-1 lacrosse play, see the diagrams below.From 2-3-1 Lacrosse Plays to Lacrosse Plays
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Offensive strategies, formations and tactics are everywhere in the game of lacrosse. At the collegiate and professional level, there is often an offensive coordinator dedicated to designing new plays and changing offensive strategies during the game. Offense types include zone offenses, extra man offenses, and individual or small-group plays that might occur within a settled or unsettled offensive situation. This article will describe the advantages and disadvantages of different offense types.
Zone and Settled Offenses
The zone offense in lacrosse is an offensive formation strategy where attacking players spread themselves out across the offensive area and play within assigned zones. Zone offenses occur during settled play, when the tempo may be slower, allowing attackers to space out in position and scoring chances to develop more deliberately. Examples of zone offenses include:
- 1-2-2 Formation
- 1-3-2 Formation
- 1-4-1 Formation
- 2-1-2 Formation
- 2-2-2 Formation
- 2-3-1 Formation
- Invert Formation
- Motion Offense
The 1-2-2 formation in lacrosse is an offensive set with one attackman behind the goal, two attackers across the middle and two offensive players up high towards the center line or restraining line. This set is effective in a man down situation for the offense or in box lacrosse.
The 1-3-2 formation in lacrosse is an offensive set with one attackman behind the goal, three attackmen and/or midfielders in front of the goal and two midfielders up high closest towards the restraining line. The advantages of this formation include numerous players in a position to take a shot on goal and ample spacing for ball movement and passing. The disadvantage to the 1-3-2 formation is that the one attackman behind the goal cannot backup a missed shot if he drives around the crease.
The 1-4-1 formation in lacrosse is an offensive set with one attackman behind the goal, four attackmen and midfielders across the middle in front of goal and one midfielder up high near the restraining line. The advantages of a 1-4-1 formation are space and freedom for the attackmen up high to drive and dodge and effective positioning against a zone defense. The disadvantages of the 1-4-1 formation are the risk of a fast break if the defense gains possession of the ball or a turnover by the one high midfielder.
The 2-1-2 formation in lacrosse is an offensive set with two attackers and/or feeders stationed behind the goal, one attacker across the middle in front of the goal and two attackers up high near the center line. This formation is good at stretching the defense and forcing long slides that leave the middle or crease players open for a quick pass. It can be used in a man down situation for the offense or in box lacrosse.
The 2-2-2 formation in lacrosse is an offensive set with two attackmen behind the goal, two players (usually one midfielder and one attackman) across the middle and two midfielders up high near the restraining line. The advantage of the 2-2-2 formation is that it allows two players to use each other for setting picks and doing give and go plays. In order for the formation to be effective, the two middle players must move continuously to avoid taking up space in front of goal. The outside players must make strong adjacent passes to keep the ball moving, which can be difficult against a quick defense.
The 2-3-1 formation in lacrosse is an offensive set with two attackmen behind the goal, three players (usually two midfielders and one attackman) across the middle and one midfielder up high near the restraining line. This formation is commonly used against man-to-man defenses. The 2-3-1 formation creates scoring opportunities from many positions and sets up one-on-one plays. It is one of the more common offensive formations. With one midfielder positioned high near the restraining line, there is the risk of a fastbreak when the defense causes a turnover or the goaltender clears the ball quickly after a save.
The invert formation in lacrosse is an offensive formation that reverses the typical set up by running plays with midfielders below the goal line extended area and creasemen or attackers set up above goal line extended. This tactic can confuse the defense and create mismatches with short-stick midfielders who are not as skilled at defending near the crease and behind the goal.
A motion offense in lacrosse is an offensive system that uses quick passes between attacking teammates and continuous player movement. It can be a very successful offense when executed well because the defense has to work hard to follow both the ball and players always on the move.
The extra man offense in lacrosse is an offensive formation used when the attacking team has an extra man opportunity or EMO. Teams will practice certain strategies and offensive plays to take advantage of having one more player than the defense. During an extra-man opportunity, there is more urgency to score before the defensive team returns to full strength.
Individual Offensive Plays
There are examples of offensive plays that can occur as part of a zone offense or during an unsettled offensive situation. These plays usually involve one attacker or two attacking teammates. Here is a list of individual or small-group offensive plays.
- Cutter Play
- Give and Go
- Isolation Play
- Triangle Formation
The 1-on-1 in lacrosse is a situation when there is one attacking player against one defensive player.
The 1-on-2 in lacrosse is a situation when there is one attacking player against two defensive players.
The cutter play in lacrosse is an offensive play that uses cutting to confuse the defense and open up shooting opportunities. A feeder will typically look to make a well-timed pass to the open cutter for a shot on goal.
Give and Go
A give and go in lacrosse is an offensive play involving two attackers. The ball handler makes a diagonal or lateral pass to a teammate and then immediately cuts past their defender toward the goal to receive a pass back from their teammate.
An isolation play in lacrosse is an offensive strategy that uses the isolation or one-on-one situation to create room for an attacker to drive and shoot. To execute an isolation play, attackers will try to draw their defenders away from the path to goal, leaving the ball handler with space on either side to drive and dodge. This play can be used within a larger zone formation.
The stack in lacrosse is an offensive formation that plays a vertical stack of attackers above the critical scoring area and uses a feeder behind the goal. To start the play, the first player in the stack line will make a cut towards goal, followed by more cuts from their teammates. It is a difficult offensive play to defend.
The triangle formation in lacrosse is an offensive strategy that creates triangles among three attackers to move the ball using passing, cutting and dodging. The 2-3-1 formation is an example of the triangle formation.
Offense in Unsettled Situations
An unsettled situation in lacrosse is any situation in the offensive or defensive areas in which the attack or defense is not assembled in a set formation, zone or play. An example of an unsettled offensive situation might be a breakaway or fast break. These circumstances create opportunities for the offense to capitalize if the defenders are not prepared to react.
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Lacrosse is a sport involving two teams using a long gripped stick, known as lacrosse or cross-country, and a small rubber ball, usually weighing about 0.31 ounces. Lacrosse is played by both men’s and women’s teams.
There is a loose net at the end of the lacrosse stick to grab and hold the ball in place. There are many different ways in which the mesh is mounted to the rod, which is known as pulling the rod.
How is lacrosse played?
The main goal of the game is to push the ball into the goal net of the opposing team past the goalkeeper. Players use a lacrosse stick to catch, hold and pass the ball to score. On defense, the opposing team tries to keep the other team from hitting the ball past the goalkeeper with a lacrosse stick, positioning and body contact. Lacrosse includes four types: women’s lacrosse, men’s field lacrosse, intercross and box lacrosse.
Lacrosse consists of four main positions known as defense, attack, midfield and goalkeeper.While on the field, lacrosse attackers play exclusively offensively, except when the opposing team is trying to get the ball into the field. The lacrosse defenders are all on defense, except when the ball takes us onto the field. The lacrosse goalkeeper is the last person on the line to directly protect the goal post and the opposing team from goals scored. Midfielders do not have a specific position on the field as they can play both offensively and defensively anywhere on the field, with the exception of playing lacrosse at higher levels, where midfielders specialize in certain roles.
History of Lacrosse
The origin of lacrosse goes back to the cultural traditions of the Iroquois from Ontario, Quebec, Canada, Pennsylvania and New York. Due to its roots, lacrosse is a traditional sport in the northeastern United States, commonly known as the east coast. However, in recent years, lacrosse has grown into a popular sport in the western, southern and middle United States.
Lacrosse is believed to have been founded by 1100 CE.among the indigenous people of North America. In the 179019th 9020th century, lacrosse was well developed and documented in Canada today by Jesuit missionary priests. Since the game was developed, it has evolved and underwent various modifications. The origin of its name comes from the Jesuit missionary Jean de Breeuf, who, after seeing the Iroquois tribesmen play the game in 1637, is now the first European to write about the sport, calling it “la crossse”.It is believed that the name “la cross” comes from the French word for field hockey.
Founding of the Lacrosse Club
Following the continued success of the sport, the Lacrosse Club was founded by William George Beers in 1855. Canadian dentist Bierce founded the Montreal Lacrosse Club and then codified the game in 1867, shortening and shortening each game. number of players up to 12 for each team. In the early 19th century, lacrosse was one of the sports in the 1904 and 1908 Olympics for medals from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.By the 20th century, lacrosse had already gained prominence in high schools, colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.90,000 positions of midfielder, striker, goalkeeper and defender
Lacrosse: Player Positions
Lacrosse Player Positions Lacrosse Rules Lacrosse Strategy Lacrosse GlossaryThere are four basic player positions in a lacrosse team: defender, midfielder, striker and goalkeeper.
Defend: Lacrosse defenders defend the goal.Their job with the goalkeeper is to make sure that the opponent does not score a goal. Defenders often use a longer lacrosse stick to block or deflect passes and shots. They should try to stay between the striker and the goal and not allow the striker to land a clean shot on goal. Working together and communicating with other defenders is the key to building a good defense.
Midfielders: Midfielders are allowed to play throughout the lacrosse field. They play both offensively and defensively.A good midfielder must have speed and endurance. One of the main tasks of midfielders is the transition. It is the rapid movement of the ball from defense to attack in order to create an offensive advantage. Midfielders are also responsible for ensuring that the team is not called offside on the transition. Midfielders are sometimes referred to as “midfielders”.
Intruders: Lacrosse strikers are responsible for the goals scored. Each lacrosse team has three attackers.They stay on the attacking side of the pitch, receive the ball from the midfielders at a transitional moment and move the ball back to in-goal. Attackers must have excellent lacrosse stick skills when shooting, passing and defending the ball from defenders. Attackers use fakes, passes, games and other techniques to deliver an accurate shot at goal. They must work together to outsmart and outplay the defenders and the goalkeeper.
Goalkeeper: The goalkeeper is one of the most important positions in lacrosse.They are the last line of defense and must keep the opponent from scoring. The goalkeeper has an area around the goal, called the court, where only they (and their fellow defenders) can enter. Usually the goalkeeper stays at the goal and near the goal, but sometimes the goalkeeper also needs to leave the goal. The goalkeeper must have very quick hands and excellent hand-eye coordination. A lacrosse goalkeeper also needs to be very resilient as he will hit the ball many times at high speed during the game.The goalkeeper also needs to be a good leader to guide the defenders and organize the defense.
Players change throughout the game. Midfielders are often replaced in the formation, like in hockey, because they run a lot and need to rest. Sometimes there is a player who is really good at the throw-in, so he plays the throw-in and then immediately gets replaced by another player.
Lacrosse Player Positions Lacrosse Rules Lacrosse Strategy Lacrosse Glossary90,000 Three Ways to Defend Lacrosse
Lacrosse is a dynamic and fast-paced sport in which offensive play can happen quickly and goals are scored.To combat this, the defensive player must be equipped with the best tools to stop any attack. This article will describe 3 different ways to defend in lacrosse and prevent the ball from hitting the net.
Method One of 3: Basic Usage
one Take a sports stance. Bend your knees down a quarter.
- This will prepare you to react to whatever the attacker does.Keeping your knees bent keeps your center of gravity low so you can quickly change direction.
- Place your feet on the mat farther than shoulder-width apart. This provides stability so you don’t fall while running. It also prepares you if an attacking player tries to knock you down, because you can hold the blow without falling.
- Stand on your toes with your heels an inch above the ground. This allows you to move laterally faster than flat feet.If someone tries to run after you, you are more likely to keep up with them. Just remember this simple phrase: “Slow legs don’t eat.”
2 Block the path to the target. Keep your body between the ball carrier and the goal. This ensures that there is no clear path to the net and forces the attacker to either pass the ball or try to get around you.
3 Raise the club. Keep the club in the air to obstruct the player’s view of the ball carrier or to deflect the pass.This makes it difficult for the attacking player to move around to find his teammates and pass the ball.
4 Understand the slides. Even with the best defensive technique, there is still an opportunity to win, so there is a rotation system to ensure that all attacking players are covered. This system consists of “slides”. A slip is when a defender is hit by a player with the ball, and the defense spins and someone “slides” to cover an exposed person.The next defender then slides to pick up the person on the first slide. This rotation continues until the batter recovers and all attackers are covered. Communication and attention to what is happening on the pitch is critical to making effective slides and not giving up on undeniable goals.
- If someone is standing right in front of the goal, slide # 1 or hot man is the defender covering that attacker in the crease. Slide # 2 comes from the opposite corner of the ball carrier.Slide # 2 should be fast because as soon as slide # 1 leaves to pick up the player with the ball, an open attacking player appears right in front of the goal, ready to catch and throw the ball.
- If there is no one in the crease, then all slip signals come from the 2 defenders to the right or left of the ball carrier. If you are covering the player to the right of the ball carrier, you will say Right 1, and the defender directly to your right will say Right 2. Ditto for the two defenders to the left of the ball carrier, but they will say “Left 1” and “Left 2”.The first defender will slide off to pick up the ball carrier and the second defender will cover his man (see Drawing No. 3). This spin follows a counterclockwise or clockwise spin until the hit defender is able to recover and there are no exposed hitters.
Method 2 of 3: Ball Play
one Shout out, “I got the ball! ‘. This lets everyone on your team know that the ball carrier is defending.He is the most dangerous person on the field because he is the only one who can score, so it is very important to be identified. This call sets up all the defense slides for everyone else and plays a big role in keeping the defense organized.
2 Point the club towards the ball carrier. Hold the stick between you and the attacker to keep them away. This allows you to react and use your stick to block any movement they try to make.
3 Pull the ball holder back. Fold your arms in the middle of the club and push the ball carrier back, being careful not to extend the arms completely as this could result in a penalty. Make sure to stay low so you don’t get pushed away.
4 Poke check. With your lower hand, push the club through your upper hand like a billiard cue. Aim at their bottom arm or the middle of your stick. This check keeps the ball carrier at a distance and also distracts him.This is a basic but useful check that, if done correctly, can prevent players from passing you by. A jab check can also disrupt the attacker’s footing and cause the ball to fall, resulting in an easy transfer. This check also does not leave you in a vulnerable position that the ball carrier can use.
Following these instructions when playing defense with the ball is your best chance to disable any player. Constantly cursing them with merciless jabs and jabs will end either with the transfer of the player to a teammate, or with the loss of the ball, which is a success in defense.Advertising
Method 3 of 3: Off-Ball Play
One Call the slide. If you are slide # 1 or # 2, make sure everyone on your team knows it and indicate which slide you have. Slides only work when everyone is communicating, so this is important to ensure everyone on the same page is protected.
2 Keep your head on the swivel. Make sure you constantly look around and see what is happening around the field, constantly reporting new slides as the ball is passed from one player to another.Keep an eye on the player you are protecting as they may try to run away to open up as soon as they see you looking away.
3 Name abbreviations and games. Some defenders may be oblivious, and the attacking player they are covering will try to force their way to the net for an open shot. If you see it is the cry ‘Cut!’ to get the attention of the defender. This is a perfect example of why you should keep an eye on your man, as he will always try to find his way to his goal.
4 Be close to people (within reason). You want to stay with the person you are protecting, but if he is far from the ball or goal, you can stay closer to the goal. This will help you jump to slides faster as you get closer. The attackers want to create as much room as possible for the ball carrier to spread out. Do not follow them that far as they pose no threat to scoring. It makes no sense to defend a person without the ball at the opposite end of the field.
5 The block is in progress. If you see someone trying to pass a pass to the player you are covering, try putting your stick in front of the ball to intercept or deflect it. Be careful not to get out of this position, because if your man catches the transmission, he may run past you.
Good off-the-ball defense is about communicating and observing what is happening. Defense outside the ball is just as important as when playing with the ball because play can be fast and you need to make sure you are always ready.Advertising
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Often in foreign films and TV shows, we see the main characters go to baseball games, play American football or take their children to lacrosse classes.But what do we know about these sports? Some games popular in America and Europe are almost completely unfamiliar to our compatriots.
We briefly cover the basics. After reading our article, you will not only be able to watch with interest what is happening on the screen, but you may want to try it yourself. Yes, yes, because all these sports are gradually developing in our country.
The British have infected the whole world with their love for this sport.Although they know very little about cricket in Russia, in some countries this sport is number one. Cricket appeared in the 16th century in England, two centuries later it became one of the main national sports, and later took root in the colonies of the British Empire. This historical development also explains the ranking of the countries that are most successful in this game.
In India and Pakistan, cricket has become almost synonymous with the word “sport” – some of the strongest teams in the world play here, matches regularly gather tens of thousands of fans, and news about cricket takes the front pages of newspapers.In addition to these two countries, the world elite includes England, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
The essence of the game:
Two teams of 11 people play on a huge oval field with a diameter of 150 meters (such a field is much larger than a football field). In the center of the field there is a rectangular earthen platform – a pitch, on both sides of which there are wooden wickets made of three pegs with a crossbar at the top. From here they serve the ball to the batter, and here they defend the wickets of their team – this is one of the most important moments in defense.
The main goal of the game is to score more points than the opposing team. Points are earned by dashing or taking the opponent out of the game.
There is a joke that in Russia in the 90s, thousands of bits were bought every year, and only a few balls. Indeed, in Russia and Europe this sport is not widespread, but in North America and Asia it has practically no competitors. There, baseball is played by everyone – from teenagers on the streets to professionals under the watchful eye of millions of fans.
Unsurprisingly, this sport was even included in the 2020 Olympics in Japan – for the first time in baseball history.
The essence of the game:
The baseball court is divided into an indoor and outdoor field. The inner field looks like a square or a rhombus with “bases” at the corners. It is around them that the game is built. One of the bases is called the “home”, there is a service circle from which the ball is put into play.
Two teams of nine people each compete on the field.Some play offensively, others on defense. The attacking team is trying to earn points, and the defending team is trying to prevent this in every possible way.
The purpose of the attack is to run through all the bases and return to the “home”, and the defense is to send three offensive players to the “out”. To do this, they need to intercept the ball and deliver it to the base where the runner is racing. Once the latter happens, teams switch roles.
Softball is a simplified type of basketball that makes less demands on the physical fitness of athletes and is much less traumatic.Plus, softball can be played indoors and on small fields. That is why softball is very popular among non-professionals and among women, although, of course, athletes of both genders play it at a professional level.
The essence of the game:
For a person familiar with baseball, it will not be difficult to understand the rules of softball. However, there are a number of differences. First, in softball, a smaller ball is hit much more weakly, so it travels much shorter.Secondly, there are not nine, but seven periods in each match. The layout of the field is the same as in baseball, but the field itself is much smaller. There is also a “house”, but you need to feed from it not from above, as in baseball, but from below.
This most popular sport in the United States is often confused with both classic football and English rugby. The fact is that for Americans, football in the usual sense for us is “soccer”, but the American football known to us they just call football for short.
The confusion with rugby arises from the fact that when trying to explain the difference between our football and American football, people often compare American football to rugby. And rugby, accordingly, is often mistakenly nicknamed “American football”. In fact, these sports, which are a bit similar at first glance, differ many times more than, for example, baseball and softball.
The essence of the game:
Two teams are playing, each of which has 11 people on the field.Each game consists of a series of short scrutiny between which the ball is out of play. During the fights, a passing or cross-country combination, an attempt to capture the end zone and other schemes can be played. Between fights, the coach will make substitutions of players in accordance with each specific combination.
The field for this kind of football is slightly smaller than for the classic one. On the sides there are slingshot-shaped gates. The most important parts of the field are additional scoring areas on each side in which the attacking team in possession of the ball can score points.The team with the most points wins by putting the ball into that zone or scoring directly into the goal.
Another wildly popular game in America is lacrosse, which was played by the Indians hundreds of years ago. This contact sport is considered quite tough and is only slightly inferior in injury rate to American football.
The essence of the game:
Two teams compete in this sport.The players have special clubs with a net in their hands – sticks in which you can hold a small ball. The task of the athletes is to throw balls into the opponent’s goal using the sticks.
The game is played with the help of passes and dribbling the ball across the field, and the opponent can be pushed or knocked out of the ball with a club. Athletes playing lacrosse must be good at catching, controlling and passing the ball with their golf clubs at the same time. In this case, the positions on the field are clearly separated. The attackers go into the attack on the opponent’s goal, and the task of the defenders is to intercept the ball from the attackers using forceful techniques or a correctly chosen position on the field.
Australian football, field hockey and other games you may love
Bored with football and hockey? Are you not interested in volleyball and basketball? Do you want something exotic? The sports editorial office of “BUSINESS Online” tells about sports that are insanely popular in some countries, but for a Russian fan they are a wonder.
Where is popular? The entire green continent is literally crazy about football.Only we are not talking about the kind of football that the Europeans consider the only correct one, but the Americans call it “soccer”. In Australia, in the 19th century, they invented their own football, which over time turned into a national sport. Each of the country’s six states has two to three professional clubs – 18 teams play in the current championship. The salary cap is AUS $ 10 million (approximately US $ 7 million).
On 13 September, the championship quarterfinal match between Richmond and North Melbourne was attended by 90,000 fans and the average Aussie League attendance is 32,840.For cricket (23539), rugby (15438) and football (13048), these figures are more modest. The price of television rights is growing by leaps and bounds. In August this year, the league signed a new 5-year contract with three TV channels for $ 2.5 billion. Australian football is readily shown by many European channels, and in Russia it can be watched thanks to Eurosport. On October 3rd, watch out for the Super Final between the Eagles from Perth and the reigning champions, the Hawks from Hawthorne.
Why popular? A very dynamic and entertaining sport with an abundance of tough power struggles that attract the audience.The match consists of four periods of 20 minutes, and during this time the players run about 20 km (in ordinary football, 10-12 km). Stops are extremely rare, even after damage to players. The whistle usually only follows if the ball has returned to the area where the injured guy is lying. Such judging practically excludes simulation. In Australian football, blows to the head and tackles are prohibited, but the number of power tricks and grabs is usually off the charts.
Basic rules. 18 players each (in the application for a match 22) play on an oval field measuring 188 × 155 m.With the ball in your hands, you can take a maximum of 10 steps, after which you need to part with it or hit the ball on the ground. The task is to kick the ball into the small goal (6 points). For hitting a big goal or a goal with your hands – 1 point. Passing to a partner can be done with a foot or knocking the ball with a fist, and if the pass was kicked, and the player who received it fixed the ball with his hands, then this player gets the right to kick on goal without resistance.
An interesting fact. If the ball has gone out of bounds, the official throws in with his back to the field of play and throws the ball over his head.
Where is popular? “Actually, there are only two perversions: field hockey and ice ballet,” said Faina Ranevskaya at one time. However, we have the right to disagree with her. This sport has a huge army of fans on several continents at once. Field hockey enjoys great audience interest in Holland, Germany, England, Australia, South Africa, India, Pakistan and Malaysia.
Can you imagine that in Argentina someone other than Lionel Messi was recognized as the athlete of the year? And this happened in 2010, when the world football star came second in the poll, behind by Luciana Aimar , who is considered by many to be the best field hockey player of all time. Aimar, who has phenomenal technique, is called the Maradona of field hockey.
The legendary player himself, by the way, is a regular guest of the matches of the national team. In Holland, during the 2014 World Cup, at the 15,000-seat football stadium in The Hague, the pavement was repaired and every match of the tournament hosts was sold out.When the principal rivals India and Pakistan play in various tournaments, the stadium of any capacity is filled, and the broadcast audience is 50-55 million spectators.
By the way, in India recently, before the start of each season, six clubs are organizing a real auction, where they compete for free agents. On September 17, two-time Olympic champion German Moritz Fürste “went under the hammer” to the team from the city of Bhubaneswar for 105 thousand dollars at a base price of 20 thousand.Each team must have 20 players, including no more than eight legionnaires. The turnover is very high.
Let’s not forget that field hockey is an Olympic sport. The last two men’s tournaments were won by Germany, the women’s – by Holland. In Russia, it seems that even the Ministry of Sports does not remember the Olympic status of this sport. On the part of the fans, the attitude towards the game is also pretty cool. Perhaps because many do not even know about the existence of field hockey.
Only six teams play in the Russian championship, and Dynamo Kazan always wins.The residents of Kazan will play the next matches on their ground on October 3 and 4 – you can get acquainted with the new sport by visiting the Field Hockey Center. The game is also being developed in Elektrostal, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. The women’s team of Kazan competes in the major league.
Why popular? It happened historically. According to some reports, hockey (then he did not have the prefix “on the grass”) was played even before our era, but the founders of the modern game are still considered the British, who introduced the game to all their colonies.In Canada, with its harsh climate, the summer sport has gradually evolved into ice hockey.
Power wrestling is prohibited in modern field hockey, but when strong opponents play, everything looks quite spectacular – high speeds, interesting combinations, curious standard plays. Otherwise, everything is like in football. It all depends on the tactics. By taking the lead, you can get bored of rolling the ball in the center of the field, or you can continue to sharpen the game.
Basic rules. 11 hockey players each play on a rectangular field with artificial turf measuring 91 × 55 m in two halves of 35 minutes each or four of 17.5 each.You can dribble with only one flat side of the club. It is allowed to score goals only from a special radius – 14.63 m from the goal. All goals scored because of him are not counted. Any contact with the ball within the radius is punishable by a penalty corner, during which the goalkeeper and the players of the defending team line up on the goal line, and their opponents play the ball.
An interesting fact. The green field hockey card is triangular, the yellow is square and the red is round.
Girls of the Day. Ellen and Eva are Dutch field hockey players
Where is popular? South Asia is crazy about cricket. They love the game in England, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. On March 29, the final of the World Cup in Melbourne gathered 93 thousand spectators and ended with the victory of the Australians.
Believe it or not, the Indian Premier League is one of the top five leagues in the world for match attendance across all sports. If you believe the official figures, then in the past season, even baseball in the United States, on average, went to an average of fewer people (30,458) than cricket in India (31,750).In this country, as well as in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the play bat is the first toy of a child. Cricket there is akin to religion and unites millions of people.
The rise of the Indian professional league began in 2008 when it signed a 10-year contract with Sony Entertainment Television for $ 1.026 billion. 20% of this money went to the clubs, 8% to the prize money and 72% to the promotion of the league. They got promoted so much that the stands are sold out, and the league stars receive 3-4 million dollars. By the way, the captain of the Indian national team Mahendra Sinh Doni earned 31 million last season.dollars (27 on advertising contracts) and took 23rd place in the list of the richest athletes in the world according to Forbes.
Why popular? Cricket used to be a big hit in poor countries because of its “budget” – to play it is enough to have a bat, a ball, a couple of primitive wooden structures called wickets, and some open space. As for professional sports, they used to joke that cricket fits the measured way of life of the Indians as never before, because one match with breaks for sleep and food could last five days.Modern cricket is limited to three hours of time and this is a completely different game – dynamic and gambling. Players are forced to take risks, act more aggressively, and this attracts viewers. This format of cricket makes it possible to broadcast matches on television and talk about the possible return of the game to the Olympic program (so far, cricket has only been at the Olympics once – back in 1900).
Basic rules. Two teams of 11 people take part in the game. They alternately attack (serve) and defend (beat off).At the same time, two players of the kicking team are located in the middle of the playing field at a distance of 20 meters from each other. Strikers must protect the wickets from being hit by the ball. If the hit is successful, the hitters should switch places until the ball is returned to play by the opponents. For each run (wounds), players receive points, however, if the opponents managed to return the ball and knock down the wicket during the change of places, then the player who did not manage to finish his wounds is eliminated from the game. He is also eliminated if the ball hits the wicket after serving or, after the kick, is immediately caught by one of the opposing players.
An interesting fact. If a player enters the field of play without the referee’s command and touches the ball, the ball is immediately dead and the batter gets 5 wounds.
Where is popular? Lacrosse is a cross between hockey and butterfly catching, invented by the American Indians. This game is now popular in Canada and the United States, which are united by the National Lacrosse League (NLL), in which nine clubs play. The average salary of players is about 20 thousand dollars, which, of course, is significantly less than in other overseas professional leagues.The MVP of the last championship and the main star of the American league Paul Rabil from “New York” makes about 100 thousand.
The current champion is Edmonton, who beat Toronto in the final. The most visited teams of the past season (the championship starts in January and ends in June) are Colorado (15405 spectators on average), Buffalo (14316) and Calgary (12,213). The attendance of the decisive matches of the US student league is even higher.
Why popular? The game is loved for its dynamism.Players need not only to masterfully own an unusual club, but also to be very hardy. As in ice hockey, power martial arts are constantly taking place in lacrosse. It is allowed to push the opponent with the shoulder or hip, as well as block the player in possession of the ball. Therefore, the game turns out to be quite tough and you can’t do without protective helmets. If one of the teams is reluctant to attack, the referee can register a passive attack and give the ball to the opponent. Considering that the sport is very contact, fights constantly happen – how can we do without them in the hockey arenas of North America?
From time to time there is talk of including lacrosse in the Olympic family, but there are quite a few fans on other continents.Lacrosse medals were played at the Games of 1904 and 1908, the sport was demonstrated at three more Olympics (1928, 1932, 1948), but that was all.
Basic rules. At the same time, there are ten players on the site, which is often used by a hockey rink, who, using a special stick called a stick, try to hit the opponent’s square goal (1.82 × 1.82 m) with a rubber ball. A net is attached to the top of the club so that the player can catch and hold the ball in it.The goalkeeper has a larger net diameter and no one has the right to enter the goalkeeper’s area.
An interesting fact. In lacrosse, strikers play only in the area near the opponent’s goal, defenders only in the area near their goal, and midfielders can be located in any area and play as forwards or as defenders.
P. S. American football and baseball are not included in the material, since every sports fan knows about them – thousands of articles have been written about these super popular sports overseas and dozens of films have been shot.
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The National Lacrosse League (NLM) is the men’s professional indoor lacrosse league in North America. It currently consists of nine teams — four in Canada and five in the United States. Unlike other lacrosse leagues that play during the summer, the NBL plays their games during the winter and spring. Each year, playoff teams compete for the Champions Cup. The NBL has averaged between 9,400 and 10,700 fans per game each year since 2004.  
- 1 Game 2 Season & Playoffs 3 History
- 3.1 Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League 3.2 Major Indoor Lacrosse League
- 3.2.1 1988 3.2.2 1989 3.2.3 1990 3.2.4 1991 3.2.5 1992 3.2.6 1993 3.2.7 1994 3.2.8 1995 3.2.9 1996 3.2.10 1997
3.3 National Lacrosse League
- 3.3.1 1998 3.3.2 1999 3.3.3 2000 3.3.4 2001 3.3.5 2002 3.3.6 2003 3.3.7 2004 3.3.8 2005 3.3.9 2006 3.3.10 2007 3.3.11 2008 3.3.12 2009 3.3. 13 2010 3.3.14 2011 3.3.15 2012 3.3.16 2013 3.3.17 2014
3.4 History Championship 3.5 Commissioners
4 Current league structure 5 Current teams 6 Expansions and relocations 7 media coverage 8 Video games 9 players origin 10 awards 11 Cf.See also 12 Literature 13 External links
Philadelphia Wings Visiting Minnesota Swarm at Xcel Energy Center Article Home: Box of Lacrosse
The version of lacrosse played in the SDL is indoor lacrosse otherwise known as box lacrosse. The NBL plays four quarters of fifteen minutes each, with a two-minute break between the first and second quarters and between the third and fourth quarters, and a twelve-minute break between the second and third (called half-time). The clock did not work when the game was stopped. The team with the most goals at the end of regular time is declared the winner.  Each team dresses twenty players, two of whom are goalkeepers; The remaining eighteen are called runners.
Season and Playoffs
Each team in the SDL plays 18 games during the regular season, nine at home and nine away.  The teams are divided into two divisions, the East-Division and the Western Division. Each team plays at least 12 of their 18 regular season games against split opponents.
The regular season starts at the end of December and ends in April. At the end of the regular season, the top three teams in the Eastern Division and the top four teams in the Western Division make the playoffs to compete for the Champions Cup. The two regular season division champions will earn the first round rendezvous as the best seed. The second seed will take the third seed in their respective divisions to be eliminated in one game Division Semifinals in the first round.
New for the 2014 season, the Divisional and Championship finals expand to a two-game series with the previous single-game elimination setting.The top seed from each division will play with the winner of the semi-final game between the second and third seed, with the lowest seeded team hosting the first game and the highest seed hosting the second game of the series. Teams that win both games must win two games in the series. In the event of a streak split with both teams winning one game, a 10-minute tie-break game will be played immediately after the end of the second competition to determine the winner of the playoff series.
All NBL games are played on weekends, with the exception of the occasional Friday night game.  Most NBL players have full time off the floor;Notable examples include Toronto’s Dan Ladouceur, a Durham area police officer,  and Buffalo John Tavares, a high school teacher in Toronto, Ontario. 
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Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League
Cf.See also: 1987 Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League Season
The major professional lacrosse box renaissance in the United States came on March 13, 1986, with the formation of the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League (EPBLL), which was incorporated by Russ Kline and Chris Fritz.  Perviously, a 1985 box lacrosse sponsored event was played at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. The US / Canada Superseries had a number of eight games, seen as a pre-cursor to the Major in the Lacrosse League premises. The league began playing for the 1987 season, opening two games on January 10, 1987: the Philadelphia Wings of the New Jersey Saints and the Washington Wave hosting the Baltimore Thunder.Darrell Russell was named the League’s Commissioner.
First League game featured Philadelphia in New Jersey, in which the Saints defeated Wings 11-8.
Philadelphia Wings defeated New Jersey Saints 17-11 at Spectrum in front of a crowd of 14,903, the largest of 1987. The four teams contested six regular season games before the postseason which saw all four teams qualify for a single knockout tournament that ended in Baltimore Thunder crowned first champion at EPBLL’s.  Baltimore Thunder, coached by Bob Griebe, defeated Washington Waves 11–10 to capture the first league championship.The
League announced a total of 124,536 fans to attend the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League games in its first year. The same four teams played in the second season of EPBLL.  The teams expanded to schedule eight games, and create three playoff teams with a regular season winner vouchers for a game title.
Major League Indoor Lacrosse
See also: 1988 Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League Season
The league begins its second year with each of the four teams playing an eight-game schedule.The league becomes known as the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (Mill).
The New Jersey Saints become the second of the Champions League by defeating the Washington Wave, 17-16 to 8,125 fans at the Capital Center. For Wave, this was the second time in many years they reached a championship game, only walking away at the short end of one ball of the game.The
League then announced that the Saints would move to the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island starting in the 1989 season. The team’s name was changed to New York Saints to reflect their new home.COMBINE has announced that the award is expanding teams to Detroit and Boston. The teams started the game in the 1989 season. The Detroit team was named Turbines and began playing at the Joe Louis Arena. Their team colors were announced to be purple, silver and black. Joining Boston was called the New England Blazers and they played their home games at the Worcester Centrum. The jackets used green, orange and white as their team colors.
See also: 1989 Major League Lacrosse Indoor Season
The league are ready to open their third season with six teams – Baltimore Thunder, Detroit Turbines, New England Blazers, New York Saints, Philadelphia Wings and Washington Wave.Each of the six teams played a schedule of eight games in 1989, with an even-numbered four at home and road games. In their first ever regular season game, 12171 Detroit fans watched the Turbine Expansion defeat the Washington Wave, 11-9, in their 1989 season debut. As the season went on, regular season attendance for the league was 230,724 over 24 regular season games, which made an average of 9,614 people in the stands per game. With the addition of postseason, the numbers rose to 255,088 total and an average of 9,811 games.
That same year, the Philadelphia Wings captured the league championship ahead of a record crowd of 16,042 at the Spectrum, beating the New York Saints, 11-10. Following the championship game, the league announced an expansion to Pittsburgh; the team would later be called the Bulls, which played at the Civic Arena, sporting Pittsburgh’s traditional black and gold colors like the Steelers.
See also: 1990 Major League Lacrosse Indoor Season
In 1990, Mill is ready to open its fourth season with six teams: Baltimore Thunder, Detroit Turbines, New England Blazers, New York Saints, Philadelphia Wings and Pittsburgh Bulls.Each of the six teams played a schedule of eight games for the 1990 season. During a close at the end of the season, the New York Saints defeated the Philadelphia Wings, 8-5, ahead of the first sellout and largest crowd in league history: 17,177 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. The victory of the Saints forced revenge next week in the playoffs. However, Wings won that game and then moved on to become the first team to win two league championship games, beating New England Blazers, 17-7 in front of 11,479 fans.
Major League Covered Lacrosse later announced that attendance for twenty-six total games for the season was 287,585, which was a huge boost, increasing the average game attendance to 11,060.Following the season, Mills announced the signing of the twin brothers, Paul Gait and Gary Gait, a three-time All-Americans in Syracuse to Detroit Turbocharger on call. The two won national championships with Orange in 1988, 1989, and 1990.
See also: 1991 Major League Lacrosse Indoor Season
The league is preparing to open season number five with the same six teams. However, the schedule has increased from eight games to ten this season, with each team playing five games at home and five games on the road.
In the first game of the regular season, the Detroit debut of rookie twin brothers Paul and Gary The gait was successful as they progressing to Turbines for a 20-16 victory over Baltimore Thunder.
The 1991 season was definitely a record year, especially in Detroit. The two-turbine rookie, Paul and Gary Walk, sets new standards in the most offensive categories. Paul scored a record 47 goals, while Gary was second in the league with 32. Gary set new records with 36 assists and 68 points.As a team, Detroit has a record set for goals scored with 184, assists with 227, and total points with 411.
Detroit Turbines beat Baltimore Thunder, 14-12, claim the League for fifth title and Turbines first. World Championship games were attended by 10,814 at the Baltimore Arena.The
League announced that Buffalo was named as an extension of the squad for the League to play in the 1992 season. The team will be called Bandits, wear black, orange and white, and will play in the Memorial Auditorium.The league will promote the team in conjunction with Buffalo.
Final League attendance figures for the 1991 season will reach 287,654.
On April 20, 1991, the National Division All-Stars defeat the American Division All-Stars, 25-20, in the inaugural League All-Star Game at Spectrum in Philadelphia.
See also: 1992 Major League Lacrosse Indoor Season
The League opens season number six with the longest lineup in history, seven as the Buffalo Bandits expand to join the League.Each of the seven teams will play an eight game schedule, with four home games and four road games.
Buffalo Bandits defeat Philadelphia Wings, 20-11, in their first-ever sellout of 16325 at the Memorial Auditorium. It marks the second sale in league history. The Buffalo Bandits defeat the Baltimore Thunder ahead of their second crowd sale of the season at Memorial Auditorium, 16325. This means the first time a team sold two games in the same season.
Expansion Buffalo Bandits advance to league championship play by defeating Detroit Turbines and Gait Brothers, 19-16, to win the National Division crown.Philadelphia Wings defeat Saints, 8-6, to capture the American Division championship.
For the first time, an expansion team wins the World League Championship as the Buffalo Bandits defeat the Philadelphia Wings, 11-10, in overtime.
See also: 1993 Major League Lacrosse Indoor Season
Buffalo wins its second straight league championship with a 13-12 return win over the Philadelphia Wings to 16325 at the Sold Out Memorial Auditorium. The Thugs keep their 18 game winning streak alive, the longest in professional sports.Buffalo joins the Wings as the only team in league history to win a back-to-back championship.
The League and the Players Association announce a three-year contractual agreement.
League signs a six-year agreement with ESPN.
See also: 1994 Major League Lacrosse Indoor Season
ESPN2’s first Monday night broadcast features Detroit Turbines vs. Baltimore Thunder.
Philadelphia Wings Deny Buffalo Bandits for the third consecutive World Cup, defeating Bandits, 26-15, ahead of a sellout crowd of 16284 at the Memorial Auditorium.The victory gives wings to its third league championship in its history, most from any league team. ESPN broadcasts the game live from Buffalo, marking the first live ESPN telecast in a league game.The
League announces Rochester, NY, has been awarded a team expansion for the 1995 season.
See also: 1995 Major League Lacrosse Indoor Season
Expansion The Rochester Knighthawks won their first game, 12-8, against the New York Saints at War Memorial.
Philadelphia broke the League’s attendance record as 17380 fans witnessed the defeat of the Baltimore Thunder Wings in the regular season finale.
For the first time in League history, Paul Pokhodka (Rochester) played against his twin brother Gary Pokhodka (Philadelphia).
Philadelphia Wings win back-to-back championships by defeating the Rochester Knighthawks, 15-14, in a thrilling overtime game. Wings have won four league titles in their nine-year history.
Cf.See also: 1996 Major League Lacrosse Indoor Season
Before the start of the 1996 season, the second-last-season that the NBL would be known as the Major Indoor Lacrosse League, it was announced that the season would be extended to ten games. In addition, Boston Blazers announced their new home at the Fleet Center in 1996. Another big crowd, the fourth largest in league history, of 16,818 watched the Wings defeat Charlotte Cobra at the CoreStates Spectrum in Philadelphia. The Wings extended to their fifth straight day of championship league games by defeating Boston Blazers, 10-8, the week before.This was the last COMBINE game to be played in the historical arena.
However, the Buffalo Bandits will play a spoiler on the wings as they turned them down for their third championship championship in a row, as Buffalo beat Philadelphia, 15-10 in a 1996 league championship game, in front of the sold-out Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo. The Bandits took their third championship win, as they said goodbye in their own arena, at the climax of the season as well.
See also: 1997 Major League Lacrosse Indoor Season
The eleventh season opened with three games, including Rochester playing Buffalo at the bandits’ new home, Marine Midland Arena, in front of a new league-record crowd of 18,595 fans.The Knighthawks of Rochester, coached by Barry Powless, later claimed his first COMBINE championship title in 1997, in front of the second largest crowd in mill history, 18055, a game also played at the Marine Midland Arena.
National Lacrosse League
A new structure, combining the tradition of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League with two expansion teams and individual team ownership, was announced as the National Lacrosse League. [when?] Syracuse, New York (nicknamed Smash and playing War Memorial Onondaga County) and Hamilton, Ontario (nicknamed The Raiders and playing the Copps Colosseum) were new professional indoor lacrosse recordings.The NBL has unveiled its new league logo. [when?]
John Livesey, Jr. named Commissioner of the National Lacrosse League. [when?]
A three-year collective bargaining agreement between the SAO and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association (PLPA) has been announced. [when?]
NBL Franchising Timeline by location
See also: 1998 National Lacrosse League Season
1998 regular season schedule announced, with the team now playing 12 games (six at home and six on the road) and facing their six opponents twice (once at home and once on the road).In addition, the playoff format will see the best in the three championship series with the semi-final playoff action still taking place in a single game elimination format, although the sites of all post-season games will be based on the regular season record.
Blockbuster Trade sees seven-time All-Pro Paul Gait go on expanding Syracuse Smash in exchange for draft picks and player compensation.
Reigning League MVP Gary Poke travels to Baltimore in a blockbuster trade involving a player and monetary compensation.
Philadelphia Wings sweep the best in the three Championship Series with a 17-12 win over Thunder after a 16-12 win two days earlier. Game Two marks the game’s first title appearance across Baltimore since 1991 and Philadelphia’s fifth-place victory in franchise history. Wings goalkeeper Dallas Eliuk is named Championship Series MVP.
See also: 1999 National Lacrosse League Season
Toronto Rock will finish the season with a perfect home record, going to a combined 8-0 (regular season and playoffs) after a 13-10 win over the Rochester Knighthawks in a championship game ahead of a sellout crowd of 15691 at Maple Leaf Gardens.The game is televised throughout Canada on CTV SportsNet, and in the United States on ESPN2.
See also: 2000 National Lacrosse League Season
18911 fans pack Union Center first to Philadelphia to watch the Philadelphia Wings fight the Pittsburgh CrosseFire. Pittsburgh wins the game, 14-8. At the time, it was the largest single game crowd to ever see a professional indoor lacrosse game.
Caleb Toth beats K-Hawks goalkeeper Pat O’Toole with 1.1 seconds left in regulation time to give TORONTO a 14-13 win and his second straight championship.Considered one of the best lacrosse games ever played,  The 2000 Final is the last sporting event to be held at the historic Maple Leaf Gardens.
The City of Columbus, Ohio is granted an expansion team. Former league commissioner John Livesey will head the Landsharks.
At a press conference at the ESPNZone in New York, Jim Jennings is named the new Commissioner of the National Lacrosse League. Jennings announces that UEFA headquarters will be relocated from Buffalo, NY to Lyndhurst, NJ.Commissioner Jim Jennings appoints George Daniel as Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel for the SAO.
See also: 2001 National Lacrosse League season
In front of the biggest league crowd in history, the Philadelphia Wings win their sixth league league title with a 9-8 win over Toronto Rock at Air Canada Center in front of 19409 fans. Wings goalkeeper Dallas Eliuk is named Most Valuable Player.The
League announces franchise expansions being awarded to Montreal, New Jersey, Calgary and Vancouver for the next season.
See also: 2002 National Lacrosse League Season
Vancouver The Ravens play their opening home game at General Motors Place in Vancouver. The Ravens give 13772 a lot to cheer about by defeating Toronto Rock 13-12. The crowd is making history as the largest ever to take part in the first home suffrage expansion game.
Attack Albany hold Toronto Rock in the 2002 finals. Rock beat attacks by a score of 13-12 to capture his third title, all won in the past four seasons.9,289 fans watch the game at the Pepsi Arena in Albany. Toronto forward Colin Doyle was voted MVP game of the championship, scoring three goals and one assists.
League announces the sale and relocation of the Washington food franchise to Denver, Colorado. The franchise will play their home matches at the Pepsi Center. The team is currently owned by Kroenke sports businesses, whose funds include the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Pepsi Center. The new team marks the League for the first US team west of the Mississippi River.
See also: 2003 National Lacrosse League season
The Colorado Mammoth play their opening home game at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Mammoth treated a home crowd of 16,121 fans for a thrilling 13-12 overtime win against Toronto Rock. The crowd broke the previous record for inaugural home game attendance previously held by the Vancouver Ravens (13,772 in 2001).
In front of a sellout crowd of 18207 at Pepsi Center, Colorado Mammoth beat New York Saints by a score of 19-13.The crowd was the first of two sellout crowd the Mammoth will be hosting during the first season.
The Rochester Knighthawks hold the Toronto Rock in the 2003 Champions Cup Final. Rock defeated the Knighthawks 8-6 to capture their fourth title, all won in the past five seasons. 11,051 fans attend the game at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Toronto goaltender Bob Watson earns Championship Game MVP awards with his 40 saves.
See also: 2004 National Lacrosse League season
New divisional format announced for regular season.The first ever Western Division will consist of Anaheim, Arizona, Calgary, Colorado, San Jose and Vancouver. The east will consist of Buffalo, Philadelphia, Rochester and Toronto. The top three teams in each division will earn a playoff berth, with division champions getting a farewell. The second and third place finishers must face each other in the first round with the winners facing their respective Division Champions in the semi-finals. Semi-final winners (East vs. West) going to the 2004 Champions Cup Final with supreme seed hosting.
Fox Sports Net becomes the league’s new national broadcast partner in the United States. Fox Sports Net will carry nine regular season broadcasts of the game, scattered across more than 50 million homes. Fox Sports Net will feature at the 2004 All-Star Game on February 22nd. Arizona Sting play their inaugural home game at Glendale Arena in Arizona. The game becomes the first event held inside the new arena. Sting beat the Ravens in Vancouver 16-12 in front of 12,789 fans.
Host Colorado Mammoth Selling Out crowd 18305 at Pepsi Center in a loss at the Calgary Roughnecks 14-13. Mammoth went on to record five crowd sellouts from the season.
2004 All-Star Game played in front of 16,742 fans at the Pepsi Center in Denver, home of the Colorado Mammoth. The crowd was the largest All-Star Game crowd in league history. East Division All-Stars defeated West Division All-Stars 19-15.
Calgary Thugs won their first Champions Cup by defeating the Buffalo Bandits 14-11 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.The game took place in front of 19,289 fans. The sellout crowd is the largest bullies in history and the second largest single overall game attendance in NBL history.
See also: 2005 National Lacrosse League season
The National Lacrosse League has reached a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Professional Lacrosse Player’s Association (PLPA). The agreement covers the 2005, 2006, and 2007 league seasons.
League announces a placement for a franchise in Minnesota.The new team will be owned and operated by Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, the owners of Minnesota Wild from the National Hockey League. The Minnesota team will enter the league for the 2005 season and play their home games at Xcel’s Energy Center in St. Paul.
A new preseason attendance record is set as 14,084 fans come to Xcel’s Energy Center in St. Paul for the first home game of the Minnesota Swarm Expansion Show. The game marks the first professional lacrosse game ever played in Minnesota.
National Lacrosse League All-Star Game live on NBC at 2 pm ET. The game became the first live broadcast of lacrosse on US national television. The game was also broadcast in Canada on account, and internationally through CNBC International, CNBC Asia and the Armed Forces Network. The Far East Division (Buffalo, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Rochester, and Toronto) defeated the Western Division (Anaheim, Arizona, Calgary, Colorado, and San Jose) 11-10 in overtime in front of 11,511 fans at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.
Legendary lacrosse superstars and twin brothers Paul and Gary Pokhodka reunited when Paul finished his retirement signing with the Colorado Mammoth. Pavel Pokhodka would join his brother, Mammoth captain Gary, for the remaining four regular season and playoff-run teams. He made his Mammoth debut on April 1, 2005 in Minnesota, and then returned to Denver for the team’s final regular season home game on April 2, 2005, against The Anaheim Storm at the Pepsi Center.
2005 The Edge of the NBL Championship Game is played in front of the NBL record of 19,432 fans at the Air Canada Center in Toronto and in front of the national television network audience in the US on NBC and in Canada on account. Toronto Rock defeated Arizona Sting 19-13, capturing their fifth title in seven seasons. Colin Doyle was named MVP of the game after promoting Rock with five goals and three assists.
Legendary trainer Les Bartley dies after battling colon cancer for 18 months. Bartley served as head coach and CEO at Toronto Rock between 1999 and 2003.He posted a 51-19 record for the regular season and a 9-1 record after a five-season record. He also led the team to a 37-5 regular-season home record at the same time. Bartley began his coaching career in 1991 and will continue to lead his teams to eleven championship games, winning seven league championships. Four of the seven were with Rock; back to back titles in 1999-2000 and 2002-2003. Prior to coming to Toronto, Bartley coached the bandits’ titles in 1992, 1993, and 1996.
NBL announces that the league will consist of eleven teams for the 2006 season. The league’s eleven teams will include expansion teams in Edmonton, Alberta, and Portland, Oregon.The
League announces the creation of the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame opens with five charter members who have made immeasurable contributions to the league and the sport of lacrosse. The five charter members are founding league Rus Kline and Chris Fritz; legendary lacrosse stars Gary Gait and Paul Gait; and the late Les Bartley, the winningest coach in league history.
NBL and Reebok are announcing a multi-year exclusive partnership in which all NBL players will use Reebok equipment and will be exclusively equipped in brand footwear and apparel. The partnership makes the brand the official equipment, uniforms, and footwear supplier to the league. The agreement makes Reebok the exclusive licensee of the official NBL apparel including authentic and replica jerseys, caps, shirts, and additional apparel.
See also: 2006 National Lacrosse League season
Edmonton Rush played their opening game and home opener in front of 11385 fans at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta.Rush lost 10-9 in overtime to the San Jose Stealth. The game was only the second time in league history that an expansion team was forced to overtime in their first match.
The 2006 National Lacrosse League All-Star Game was held at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, home of the Toronto Rock. West Division (Arizona Sting, Calgary Thugs, Colorado Mammoth, Edmonton Rush, Portland LumberJax, and San Jose Stealth) defeated East Division (Buffalo Bandits, Minnesota Swarm, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, and Toronto Rock) by a score of 15,924 14–13 fans.Calgary Thugs Forward Lewis Ratcliff scored the game-winning goal with 4.4 seconds left. Ratcliff has been named Game MVP.
National Lacrosse League finished 20th season with an all-time attendance mark of one season, reaching a total of 1,037,147 fans for the 2006 season, including 88 regular season games, six playoff games, in the 2006 All-Star Game in Toronto, and the 2006 RBC NBL Championship Game are presented using Frontier Active Care. The league’s average season attendance was 10804.
Colorado Mammoth defeated Buffalo Bandits 16-9 in front of 16,104 fans at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena to secure the first ever Colorado Mammoth championship. Mammoth Forward Gavin Pruth was named Game MVP, scoring four goals, and adding three assists for seven points in the win.
The National Lacrosse League announced a franchise location for New York for the 2007 season. The official announcement was made during a press conference at River Park East in Manhattan by Honorary Michael Bloomberg, New York City Mayor, and National Lacrosse League Commissioner Jim Jennings.Team New York became the thirteenth league franchise and will play their games at Madison Square Garden.
See also: 2007 National Lacrosse League season
Expansion New York The Titans played their home opener at Madison Square Garden in the first ever professional lacrosse game at the world’s most famous Arena. The Titans defeated the Chicago extension Shamrox 11-9 in front of 13,127 fans.
East Division defeat West District 20-16 in front of 12856 fans at Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, home of the Portland LumberJax, in the 2007 National Lacrosse League All-Star Game.Buffalo Bandits Forward Mark Steenhuis was named Game’s Most Valuable Player, becoming the first player in NBL history to win two All-Star Game MVP awards. Steenhuis also won the award in 2004.
NBL has reached a milestone as the league plays its 1000th regular season game. Minnesota Roy passed the Colorado Mammoth at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis / St. Paul in a historic game. Mammoth beat Swarm 11-9.
The Rochester Knighthawks defeated Arizona Sting, 13-11, in the 2007 NBL Championship, presented by Edge Active Care in Jobing.com arena. John Grant was named the MVP Championship Game with three goals, five help performance. The victory marked the first time Rochester won the title since 1997.
NBL reached a new seven-year agreement with the players’ union.
See also: 2008 National Lacrosse League Season
The league has announced the alignment departments for the 2008 regular season. The expansion of the Boston franchise will join the Eastern Division, which expands to eight teams (Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, Rochester, and Toronto).The Western District has remained the same as in 2007 (Arizona, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Portland, and San Jose).
John Tavares broke Gary Gait’s all-time goalscorer record. Tavares, who has already conquered points all the time and assists the record, notched his record 579th career goal in the third quarter of Buffalo’s 17-13 win over New York.
Philadelphia Forward Athan Iannucci broke one season scoring Gary’s gait record on 61 difficulty goals. He went on to finish the season with 71 goals.
Buffalo Bandits defeated Portland Lumberjax by a score of 14-13 in the 2008 Edge of the NBL Championship at HSBC Arena. The event, which was televised nationally on ESPN2, drew a sellout crowd of 18,690 fans. Mark Steenhuis captured the game’s MVP awards with five goals and one help.
See also: 2009 NBL season
The league announced the addition of instant replay for officials to address controversial targets and infringement infringement during play.
George Daniel was appointed Commissioner of the National Lacrosse League.
Calgary won its second championship, beating New York 12-10 ahead of 13042 at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Josh Sanderson was named the Championship Game MVP, finishing with two goals and three assists.
See also: 2010 NBL season
See also: 2011 NBL season
See also: 2012 NBL season
Cf.See also: 2013 NBL Season
See also: 2014 NBL season
See also: Champions Cup
|Baltimore Thunder / Colorado Mammoth||2|
|New Jersey Saints||1|
- 1987 Baltimore Thunder 11-10 Washington Waves 1988 New Jersey Saints 17-16 Washington Waves 1989 Philadelphia Wings 11-10 New York Saints 1990 Philadelphia Wings 17-7 New England Blazers 1991 Detroit Turbines 14-12 Baltimore Thunder 1992 Buffalo Bandits 11-10 Philadelphia Wings (OT) 1993 Buffalo Bandits 13-12 Philadelphia Wings 1994 Philadelphia Wings 26-15 Buffalo Bandits 1995 Philadelphia Wings 15-14 Rochester Knighthawks (OT) 1996 Buffalo Bandits 15-10 Philadelphia Wings 1997 Rochester Knighthawks 15-12 Buffalo Bandits 1998 Philadelphia Wings 2-0 Baltimore Thunder (Best of 3 Series Games) 1999 Toronto Rock 13-10 Rochester Knighthawks 2000 Toronto Rock 14-13 Rochester Knighthawks 2001 Philadelphia Wings 9-8 Toronto Rock 2002 Toronto Rock 13-12 Albany Attack 2003 Toronto Rock 8-6 Rochester Knighthawks 2004 Calgary Thugs 14-11 Buffalo Bandits 2005 Toronto Rock 19-13 Arizona Sting 2006 Colorado Mammoth 16-9 Buffalo Bandits 2007 Rochester Knighthawks 13-11 Arizona Sting 2008 Buffalo Bandits 14-13 Portland LumberJax 2009 Calgary Thugs 12-10 New York Titans 2010 Washington Stealth 15-11 Toronto Rock 2011 Toronto Rock 8-7 Washington Stealth 2012 Rochester Knighthawks 9-6 Edmonton Rush 2013 Rochester Knighthawks 11-10 Washington Stealth
|John Livesey Jr||1997-2000|
|George Daniel ||2009 – present|
Current league structure
The National Lacrosse League currently plays 18 regular season games, with three teams from each division falling under the Matches played.The 2nd and 3rd seeds in each division meet in a dedicated semi-final game, and the winner meets the first seeds in the final division. The divisional champions then meet in the Champions Cup final for their league title.The
League held a mid-season All Star Game between two teams representing the East and West divisions, although this does not happen every year.
As of 2007, the median salary in the league was only $ 14,000, with most players holding second jobs.
As of 2012, typical salaries are, “There’s a five percent salary increase for 2012 for veterans who can now earn a maximum of $ 27,777. The deductible player will see the same increase up to a maximum of $ 33,971. There’s a six percent salary increase for second-course players up to a maximum of $ 11,846, and for beginners up to a maximum of $ 8,781. ” 
Expansion and resettlement
In July 2007, the Vancouver Ravens were conditionally approved for the 2008 return;The terms included the sale of at least 2,500 season tickets and finding a suitable arena lease on July 19, 2007  On July 16, 2007 in Vancouver, the Ravens announced an agreement with Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment to make GM the venue (now Rogers Arena) home to the Ravens venue. if they are able to meet the demands of the season of ticket sales.  However, just days later, the NBL announced that the Ravens would not play in the 2008 season.  Although a local tabloid mentioned a potential 2011 comeback for the team, Commissioner Daniel announced that there would be no expansion in 2011.
A number of cities and potential property groups have expressed interest in expansion franchises:90,072 After high attendance by over 20,000 fans at the 2007 Lacrosse World Cup in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jennings says the league will “definitely consider expanding to Halifax, for sure.” 
On June 17, 2009, the San Jose Stealth announced their move to Everett, Washington, north of Seattle, for the 2010 season.The recently renamed Washington Stealth  played their home games at the Comcast Arena in Everett.  In his first season at Everett, Stealth won the league title.
On August 10, 2009, the New York Titans announced the Orlando, Florida team’s course to become the Orlando Titans. 
Commissioner George Daniel announced on 31 March 2010 that there would be no expansion for the 2011 season. 
In July 2010, the Orlando Titans announced that they would not be participating in the 2011 season due to a property restructuring.
In late summer 2011, Boston Blazers suspended operations in 2012. However, on May 31, 2012, GM and team president Doug Reffue announced that Blazers’ ownership was in talks with a local New England group. With the intention of either selling the team or partnering with the group, Reffue added that the Blazers could return for the 2014 season. 
On June 27, 2013, Washington Stealth announced that they are relocating permanently to the Langley Events Center in Langley, British Columbia, and will be renamed Vancouver Stealth.The decision to transfer was made after the 2013 NBL Championship Game (which Stealth earned the right to host) had to be moved, due to a scheduling conflict with Comcast Arena, from Everett to Langley, where it was played before being sold to the crowd.
In 2007, the NBL was slated for “Game of the Week” by comparison, the network now known as NBC Sports Network and home of the IndyCar, NHL, Tour de France, and PBR series. For the 2008 season, due to a dispute between the Professional Lacrosse Players Association and the SDL owners at the conclusion of the collective bargaining agreement, the “Game of the Week” against was canceled. Previously, the NBL had its All-Star Games and Championship games on NBC in 2005 and ESPN2 in 2006. In the early 2000s, CNN Sports Illustrated aired NBL games on a regular basis. For the 2011 season, the NBL will return in comparison, starting with coverage of the 2011 All-Star Game, followed by 6 weekly games, and two playoff games, one of which is a championship game.  Beginning with the 2012 SDL season, US broadcast rights will transfer to CBS Sports Network, which will carry eight regular season games, all live. Regional sports networks also provide some coverage for individual teams. In Canada, TSN and TSN2 also air NBL games, however their game coverage is mainly focused on Toronto Rock. Time Warner Cable SportsNet carries games from the Rochester Knighthawks and some games from the Buffalo Bandits. In 2012, the NBL reached an agreement with Lacrosse Network, a YouTube channel partner, to distribute all seasons of games on YouTube. All games will be available on YouTube after the broadcast and most games will be streamed live on YouTube.com / thelacrossenetwork.
In addition, in 2007 the NBL signed an agreement with Sirius Satellite Radio, which was named the “Official Satellite Radio Partner”. The pact includes “Game of the Week” as well as a weekly show highlight. 
Since the 2009 season, all NBL games have been hosted on the video streaming platform and the Livestream website.  The coverage of TSN / TSN2 is also available on ESPN3.
In May 2001, Burst Lacrosse, a video game based on the SDL, was released.It was the first video game lacrosse ever, and included all nine teams reaching Season 15, including the mascots.
On February 15, 2005, the NBL announced that Activision would be producing a new video game. The game was slated for release for the 2007 season.  In an online chat held by the SDL. com with Commissioner Jim Jennings, it was noted that the game would be in 2009,  however the game was never released.
On March 31, 2010, the NBL announced a partnership with Crosse Studios and Triple B Games to develop the 2010 NBL Lacrosse presented by Reebok Lacrosse.The game was released exclusively on the Xbox 360 as an indie game on April 23, 2010.  Cross-studio and triple B Games developed by Inside LaCrosse College Lacrosse 2010 in 2009 before asking the NBL to license their next game.  The NBL game won Kotaku’s Indie Sports Video Game of the Year for 2010.
Although five of the league’s nine teams are located in the United States, over 75% of the players are Canadian. Roughly half of the league’s players originate within 75 miles (125 km) of Toronto.
Remaining Americans, with select Europeans and Australians. A number of Iroquois players; sport lacrosse considers Iroquois / Howdenosauni, whose tribes span the US-Canadian border, as a separate state for the purpose of an international competition [.edit]
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Salavat Yulaev – SKA. Post-match comments – News
Salavat head coach Tomi Lams and Yulaev’s forward Markus Granlund summed up the team’s second match at the TANECO Champions Cup.
Tomi Lamsa, head coach of HC Salavat Yulaev: – The first thing I wanted to say is that today we were ready to play. I liked the attitude of the guys, how we acted today. However, you cannot receive such deletions when playing far from your goal.SKA is a skilled team that took advantage of this. This was an important lesson that we need to remember and learn. At the very beginning of the third period, we managed to score in the majority, we practically returned to the game. We earned 4 minutes of the majority, were close to level the score. As a result, we get 2: 4, and honestly, they are very upset. I think that in this match we played more confidently in defense, we tried to remove the opponent from the center of our zone to the edges of the court. Despite the fact that we lost today, we have learned a good lesson and are moving in the right direction.
– At the tournament you will be assisted by two coaches: Kozlov and Tsulygin. Where is Vasiliev now?
– Mikhail Vasiliev is now in Ufa, he is ill.
– Manninen and Granlund have experience playing on the edge and in the center. Have you decided who will be the center of the season, who will be the extreme?
– Right now we are using Manninen in the center. Tomorrow is a day off, we will look. It’s good that we have such an opportunity to choose. While we play this way.
– Granlund has three points. Can we say that he adapted as a team?
– Granlund can help us both in defense and in attack. From the first day we understood which player we took. We are very glad that he is performing successfully. He is a “complete” player because he plays both offense and defense.
– Are you worried about this dependence of the team in the attack on the first link?
– I’m not worried about the attack. That Vorobyov’s link, that Kadeikin’s link was created and had excellent opportunities.If they continue like this, then everything will be fine.
– There are massive coronavirus diseases in several KHL teams at once. Tournaments and games are postponed. How does Lamsa feel about the possibility of postponing the start of the season?
– We are preparing from game to game and are now focused on preparing for the next match of the tournament.
– The Green Derby is ahead. Will it be a special game or just a preseason?
– Such games are always special for coaches, as well as for children.It is clear that we have goals and objectives with which we approach the game. We evaluate this as a pre-season preparation. But everyone understands that there will be a sense of the importance and peculiarities of the game.
– In these games, do you evaluate your opponents’ play patterns or are you focused on your own play?
– In the season we will have 60 games to study the opponents. Right now we are focusing on ourselves, on how the guys interact in the links, looking for connections. Therefore, now we are working in this way.
Markus Granlund, forward of HC Salavat Yulaev: – Yes, it is always unpleasant to lose.We played well, but the key thing is that we got deletions today, which played a role.
– You have been in the team for a month. Can we say that you have adapted better to Russian hockey?
– Yes, I’ve already played 5-6 games in the preseason, so now I understand what kind of hockey we play. I look forward to the start of the official matches.
– Do you have a good idea of the level of the KHL? Maybe someone is remembered from the rivals?
– Good teams have gathered here.I will not single out someone from the clubs. I think this is a great opportunity for all of us to prepare for the season.
– We asked your coach who he is going to use in the center: you or Manninen. Where do you like to play? Do you have a preference?
– Let’s see what happens in the season. The last two games I was a wing forward and in principle I played well.
– Your brother once scored a lacrosse goal.