Women's Field Lacrosse 101

Women's Field Lacrosse is a non-contact game played by ten players. It is fast-paced, very athletic, and focused on speed and technical skills.  The objective of the game is to shoot the ball into the opponent's goal.


The game begins with a draw at the center of the field. Only three players from each team are allowed between the restraining lines for the draw. Once the signal for the draw occurs, the players behind the lines may come over to compete for possession. 

Only six attacking players are allowed over the offensive restraining line and only seven defenders (goaltender included)are allowed in their defensive end. Women's Field players pass, catch, and run with the ball in their sticks. Rough checks and contact with the body with the stick or body are not allowed. Any checks that are near the head are called as fouls. Players are responsible for their shots and defensive players cannot purposely put themselves into areas where they impede shots.

Canada plays under the World Lacrosse rules that govern the world, national, and provincial championships. Women’s Field Lacrosse is played outdoors on a 110 m x 60 m field. Teams consist of ten players - one goalie, three defenders, three midfielders, and three attackers. Players use lacrosse sticks with a shallow pocket that promotes more passing. There is no significant padding on players. This includes no helmet. The rules are in place to protect players and promote speed and athleticism in the game.

There is no shot clock, thus the game is more strategic and relies heavily on possession and control of the ball. Offense and defense are played with six players versus six players with the defensive team also having a goalie. Play is structured with more reliance on systems and plays to create offense.

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