Lacrosse in Italy, like many programs in Europe, first started rearing its head in the first half of the 2000’s. The first official club team was founded in Roma in 2006. Since then new teams, both men’s and women’s, were born, together with the respective National teams. Currently, there are 8 established men’s programs and 4 women’s ones, with more sticks kicking about throughout the country, and with interest in the sport growing quickly both on Italian soil and abroad.
Lacrosse is a fast growing sport in Italy and Europe, but because of its short history, there are only a few teams competing in one national league. Like other sports in Italy, lacrosse is played in city clubs. Therefore, teams are diverse in nature and are composed, for the most part, of university students and young professionals. Some younger teams also have athletes as young as 18, or even 16, years old. Lacrosse clubs are based in major cities such as Turin, Milan, Verona, Bologna, Pistoia and Rome.
Although lacrosse is typically considered a Spring/Summer sport, the Italian season starts in late September and finishes around May with a month-long winter break around the Christmas holidays. The commitment is minimal, as teams typically practice twice a week and games are played once a month. In order to maximise game play and minimize travel, two games are played against different teams on any given game day. Throughout the year and summer, there also exists the possibility to participate in weekend-long international tournaments in European Countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Belgium, etc. This is always a great opportunity to connect with lacrosse players from all around Europe and, often, with American players who formerly played in top NCAA programs.
Besides ordinary games and international club tournaments, the players also have the possibility to participate in numerous open tryouts for the national team, run by an experienced international coaching staff. The players who are selected to represent Italy go on to play at some of the most prestigious international competitions, such as the European Lacrosse Championship and the World Lacrosse Championship. Unlike in other more established sports, World Lacrosse, the governing body of international lacrosse, has relaxed the player eligibility criteria to allow experienced non-passport holders into a national team with the intent of raising the quality of the game, hence growing the sport internationally. The current criteria allow 3, in the women’s team, or 4, in the men’s team, non-passport holders to represent Italy after a minimum non-consecutive two-year residency period in the Country within the five years preceding a competition. The criteria also grants eligibility to the spouse, children and grandchildren of Italian passport holders.
When in Italy, since lacrosse is constantly evolving, OMI students could have the opportunity to practice at club level all coaching and sport management skills acquired during their Master. Due to the fact that new clubs are developing, there is a huge need for clinics and weekend sessions at youth and senior levels too.
In addition, for both Men’s and Women’s Italian National teams, the coaching staff is mainly from the USA. Indeed professional coaches, generally with Italian descent, have always supported the development of the sport locally and internationally.
The chances to be involved into a National team’s program is effective, as well as to really be part of the growth of the game throughout the country.
will be required to apply for a student visa in their home country. This process can get tedious and that is why a person of the OMI staff will personally guide you through each step and will provide you with the necessary information.
do not need any type of visa. You are ready to enter Italy and our program if you hold a European passport. You will still be required to apply for a permit to stay once in Italy and this process will be supervised by us.