2022 World Championships Moving to California

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According to a report from Adam Levi of Lacrosse Flash late last week, the 2022 World Lacrosse Championship will be staying on the west coast of North America, but moving south to Los Angeles, California. 

This report comes a few weeks after the announcement from the CLA and Word Lacrosse that the 2022 World Lacrosse Championship will be moving from Coquitlam, B.C. World Lacrosse announced Coquitlam as the host of the 2022 championship back in June of 2018. 

In the relocation announcement, outgoing tournament chair Cliff Pass said, “Our driving impetus for this decision is the opportunity to allow for the game to receive maximum exposure in a major market as lacrosse looks to return to the Olympic Games.”

Additionally, the relocation statement indicated that the organizing committee had learned of another organization with additional capacity and the ability to hold the event in a major media market. 

Los Angeles is slated to host the 2028 Olympics, which is the target year that World Lacrosse is aiming at for lacrosse returning to the Olympics. Additionally, Los Angeles is the home of the PLL’s headquarters and hosted the PLL All-Star game this past season, drawing a live audience of 8,000, according to the league. 

Over the weekend, a source told Lacrosse Bucket that the 2022 World Lacrosse Championship will be held in Southern California, but didn’t directly name the city of Los Angeles as the host. 

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