Photo: Todd Love

Like the World Championships, the European Championships now take place once every four years.

The European Championships first began in 1995, when six nations participated in  Prague, Czech Republic. The following years' annual events were held (with the exception of 1998 when the World Championships took place), but in 2001, a change was made. The European Lacrosse Federation (ELF) adopted a four-year cycle in which the European Championships would be held on the even years in between the World Championships.

The last European Championships were held in 2004 in Prague, and boasted a record number of participating nations (12 men's and six women's), making it the largest international lacrosse event in 2004.

The next European Championships will be held in Lahti, Finland, in 2008, where even more participants are expected. 


European Championship Rankings

Year

Men's

Women's

2004 1. England 1. Wales A
2. Germany 2. Scotland A
3. Scotland 3. England
4. Sweden 4. Czech Republic
5. Czech Republic 5. Germany
6. Wales 6. Scotland B
7. Ireland 7. Wales B
8. Finland 8. Denmark
9. Netherlands
10. Denmark
11. Italy
12. Latvia
   
2001 1. Germany No competition
2. England
3. Czech Republic
4. Scotland
5. Wales
6. Ireland
   
2000 1. England 1. England
2. Germany 2. Wales
3. Scotland 3. Scotland
4. Czech Republic 4. Czech Republic
5. Sweden 5. Germany
6. Wales 6. Scotland dev.
   
1999 1. England 1. Wales
2. Germany 2. England
3. Scotland 3. Czech Republic
4. Czech Republic 4. Germany
5. Wales 5. Scotland
6. Sweden 6. Sweden
   
1998 No competition 1. Scotland
2. England
3. Wales
4. Czech Republic
5. Germany
   
1997 1. England 1. England
2. Czech Republic 2. Wales
3. Sweden 3. Czech Republic
4. Wales 4. Sweden
5. Germany 5. Germany
6. Scotland 6. Scotland
   
1996 1. England 1. England
2. Czech Republic 2. Wales
3. Scotland 3. Scotland
4. Wales 4. Czech Republic
5. Sweden 5. Germany
6. Germany
   
1995 1. England No competition
2. Czech Republic
3. Wales
4. Scotland
5. Sweden
6. Germany


European Newcomers Championship

Due to the expansion of lacrosse in Europe over the past few years, Austria hosted the first-ever European Newcomers Championships in 2003. This was designed to give new lacrosse nations the opportunity to participate in lacrosse at the international level and prepare themselves for eventual participation in the European Championships.

The 2003 tournament, which included men's national teams from six new lacrosse nations, was followed by a similar event for women in 2005 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In the women's event, six nations again participated, a tribute to the all-inclusive growth of the game in European nations. 

The European Newcomers Championships are set up according to the need and will continue as long as lacrosse continues to expand into new countries throughout Europe.

 

 
 






 

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