Canada looks to repeat as gold medal winners in lacrosse
The 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship is underway, and the Canadian Men’s Indoor Lacrosse Team is fielding another dynamic roster hoping to defend its title from last season. Stars from the National Lacrosse League will dot the Canadian men’s roster, from eight NLL teams altogether in total. The Saskatchewan Rush have the most players with five, followed by the Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm and Calgary Roughnecks, who will have four each. The World Indoor Lacrosse Championship began in 2003, and the Canadian team has won the gold medal all four times that it has been held since. As such, expectations are sky high for the Canadians as the tournament gets underway. Canada’s national team will face the United States this week, and the final game is scheduled for the end of September.
Unlike some of the athletes in other major professional sports, the players in the National Lacrosse League have to hold down regular day jobs to support themselves and their family. That’s because the sport doesn’t pay well enough to do that only.
As such, the athletes themselves have become known as “weekend warriors.” They have day jobs during the week, and then play in the National Lacrosse League on the weekends.
One thing this does is it really whittles down the people who play in the NLL to those who are truly passionate for the sport. They are in it mainly because they love the game and not for extravagant paychecks, endorsement deals and fame.
In Canada specifically, this has created a very tight-knit community in lacrosse, which has not surprisingly led to a lot of success on the field – both in the NLL and in the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship as well.
The World Indoor Lacrosse Championship – and indoor lacrosse in general – isn’t as well-known to and popular among sports fans around the world, but that doesn’t mean the competition won’t be fierce in this tournament.
In addition to Canada, which has to be considered the favorites, there will be 21 other teams from around the world competing for the prestigious title. Some of the best teams are actually packed into Canada’s group, including England, Israel, the Iroquois Nationals and the United States.
The finals of the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship will be played on September 28.
Wagering on the indoor lacrosse tournament
Not every sportsbook will be offering lines on the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, mainly because the sport and the competition isn’t as popular as some of the other sports out there. If the line makers at the sportsbook aren’t familiar with the sport and/or game, then they oftentimes don’t even offer lines on them, because they don’t want to lose big to players who are “in the know.”
That’s why if you’re interested in betting on Canada in the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, or on any National Lacrosse League games, you will need to spend some time doing research and finding a sportsbook that not only offers wagers on them, but offers odds that you would like as well.
If you are interested in wagering on the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, and any other sports and events for that matter, check out some of the online sportsbooks below.