Today (Wednesday) the US Women's World Championships will open in the United States in one of the most fascinating sports, and less known to Israeli sports enthusiasts - to crash.
Some have called Lacrosse a "new sport," and some will define it as "old."
Paradoxically, both of these are right.
Until the last few decades, Lacrosse did not really go beyond the borders of North America.
In the US and Canada its popularity has skyrocketed before, but in the wider world the fondness for this dynamic game is a new phenomenon.
However, Lacrosse is an ancient ball game, perhaps the oldest there is.
Native Americans from the Iroquois and other tribes played it as part of a cult or community formation many centuries ago.
Opinions are divided on when it was invented, and presumably we will never get a decisive and accurate answer.
Either way, a French missionary watched such a game in 1637, documented it, and gave it the name Lacrosse (after the French word "stick" - la crosse).
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Even the sporty version of the Lacrosse has been on the world air for a long time.
White Canadians borrowed it from the natives, and in 1860 dentist William George Beers formulated the rules of the game.
Football rules, in case you were wondering, were only formulated and adopted three years later.
But unlike football, and despite its French name, Lacrosse belonged only to the Anglo-Saxon world.
In the United States alone, the number of its practitioners has approached one million men and women.
The female version of lacrosse was invented in the late 19th century.
Unlike men, crashing women lacks toughness - the physical struggle between rival players is forbidden, so players need less protective equipment than men (in addition to other differences, such as the difference in the number of players and the lines drawn on the court).
And that's not all - in order not to part with the game for the winter months, halls played in hockey fields were invented to collapse, after they were removed or the ice surface was covered.
The Lacrosse is paving its way to Los Angeles 2028, Photo: AP
A blue-and-white surprise?
It's not really clear what launched the Lacrosse in the last generation, but the numbers speak for themselves.
Only six teams competed in the First World Championships for Women in 1982 - all from English-speaking countries.
In the championship that opens today, 30 teams from all continents are participating, including the Israeli team.
The United States, by the way, places two teams in Lacrosse: in addition to the national team, the Iroquois team also appears in the competitions. As far as is known, this phenomenon has no equal in any other sport.
Israel's achievements in lacrosse are unmatched in any other sphere.
In the last two world championships our women's team reached the eighth place (in 2013) and the sixth place (in 2017).
In the European arena the situation is even more alarming.
Not only did Netanya host the last continental championship in 2019 - the women's team in blue and white reached the final and was stopped only by England.
The Israeli women's team at Lacrosse.
On the way to another significant achievement ?, Photo: From Twitter
Expectations from the Israeli team are high this time as well.
There is not much illusion in the question of the world premiere in the industry.
US dominance in Lacrosse is still total. The Americans won eight out of ten world championships, and the remaining two settled for silver medals. On paper, only teams from other Anglo-Saxon countries (Australia, England and Canada) pose a real challenge to US control, but improving Israel Could be the surprising card.
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