A record 38 teams, including nine first-time entrants, are expected to play in the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship, which will be held in Commerce City, Colo., from July 10-19, 2014.
The 38 teams will surpass the mark of 29 set at the 2010 championship in Manchester, England. The last time the United States hosted the championship, in 1998 in Baltimore, only 11 nations competed.
The nations expected to compete for the first time are Belgium, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Israel, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and Uganda.
The United States is the defending world champion, having defeated Canada 12-10 in the 2010 championship. Australia defeated Japan 16-9 in the third place game.
Full-event ticket packages to the world championship, which include admission to more than 125 games over 10 days, along with access to the International Village and Vendor Village, are on sale at worldlacrosse2014.com.
In addition to the world championship, registration is open for the boys' youth and men's masters' World Festivals that will be held in conjunction with the event at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. More than 100 teams have already signed up for the World Festivals. Visit worldlacrosse2014.com for more information about age groups and registering a team.
Teams have until the end of the year to commit to participate; the following nations have indicated their intention to participate to the FIL: