Lacrosse originated in North America and was confined to that region for a long time. The speed and excitement of lacrosse, however, has made it popular around the world. In the beginning, lacrosse was played mostly in Canada and the USA (plus a few places in the United Kingdom and Australia). Today, however, you can watch lacrosse games in a good number of cities in Europe and East Asia.
Every four years a World Championship of lacrosse is held. The highest international tournament for lacrosse, it holds competitions in four categories: Senior Men, Senior Women, Men under 19 and Women under 19. Up until 1986, participation in the World Championship was limited to teams from the United States, Canada, England and Australia (with women’s teams from Scotland and Wales). Reflecting the burgeoning popularity of lacrosse, the 2006 World Championship had 26 countries fielding teams and the 2009 Women’s World Championship saw 16 countries participating.