Chronological History of Turkish Lacrosse
• November 2009- Turkey Lacrosse was established.
• November 2009- Istanbul Sultans Lacrosse Group was established.
• June 2010 – Turkey Lacrosse was accepted as the 38th FIL Member.
• August 2011 – The first refereeing training in Turkey Lacrosse was received.
• August 2011 – Istanbul Sultans Lacrosse Group played its first international match in Sofia, Bulgaria.
• December 2011 – Turkey was accepted as the 25th Member of Lacrosse ELF.
• April 2012 – İzmir Lacrosse Club was established.
• June 2012 – Buzzer Lacrosse Open, the first lacrosse tournament held in Turkey, is played in Istanbul.
• August 2012 – Istanbul Sultans Lacrosse Group participated in Sofia Lacrosse Cup.
• September 2012 – Ankara Lacrosse Community was established.
• October 2012 – Turkey Lacrosse Association was established as an official non-profit organization in New York, USA.
• November 2012 – The first ELF semi-sponsored Istanbul Lacrosse Training was given.
• June 2013 – Organizing the first try-outs as Turkey Lacrosse Association.
• July 2013 – Unofficial friendly matches with the Israel Lacrosse Federation were held in Israel.
• September 2013 – The 2nd Turkey Lacrosse Open (Formerly Buzzer Lacrosse Open) was organized in Alanya, Antalya with the support of Alanya Municipality, with the participation of many domestic and international clubs.
• December 2013 – Turkey Lacrosse Association unofficial 2nd Turkey Lacrosse Auditions were held.
• June 2014 – First Turkey Lacrosse Intercity Lacrosse Championship with the participation of 3 teams was held in Ankara.
• July 2014 – Turkey Lacrosse Participated in the 2014 FIL World Open Lacrosse Championship organized in Denver, Colorado, United States
• September 2014 – 3rd Traditional Turkey Lacrosse Open Tournament was held in Alanya, Antalya with the contributions of Alanya Municipality.
• April 2015 – Istanbul Sultans Lacrosse Group participated in the Ales Hrebesky Memorial Indoor Lacrosse Tournament, Europe’s most rooted indoor lacrosse tournament, in Prague, Czech Republic.
• May 2015 – The 2nd Turkey Lacrosse Intercity Lacrosse Tournament was held in İzmir with the participation of 3 teams.
• September 2015 – Turkey Lacrosse competed for the first time at the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Tournament in Syracuse, New York, United States.
• April 2016 – Istanbul Sultans Lacrosse Group participated in the Ales Hrebesky Lacrosse Tournament in Prague, Czech Republic.
• March 2017 – Istanbul Sultans Lacrosse Ensemble gained the status of ‘Association and took the name Istanbul Sultans Sports Club Association.
• July 2017- Turkey Lacrosse participated in the FIL European Indoor Lacrosse Championship held in Turku, Finland.
• July 2018 – Turkish Lacrosse participated in the 2018 FIL World Open Lacrosse Championship.
• September 2019 – Turkey Lacrosse was invited to the 2019 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
• July 2021 – Turkish Lacrosse has been invited to the 2021 ELF European Lacrosse Championship. The tournament, which was postponed due to the pandemic, will now be held in April 2022.
Past Highlights in International Events
The Turkish National Lacrosse Team came to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships with a stellar Defense, ranking #5 by lax.com in the tournament statistics.
Also, in 2014, Turkish Goalie Jake Adoni was a ‘brick-wall’ in the cage as he led the tournament in Save Percentage.
(91 saves on 141 shots – 68%)
In 2015, the Turkish National Box Lacrosse Team had 3 members in the 2015 WILC top #5 Points Leaders –
*Anthony Terranova, Dave DeRiso, and Joseph Rainoldi.
The Turkish National Team saw a rising star in Ege Zeybek as he tied for #5 in total points in the 2018 World Lacrosse Championships.
(22 Goals, 11 Assists, 33 Points)