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Dec. 4, 2019 — Coming soon: a smaller game with a bigger debut

A couple of weekends ago, the U.S. women’s national lacrosse team played a Women’s Professional Lacrosse League all-star team in the Fall Classic.

There weren’t that many people to bear witness to the 6-v-6 game played to the proposed “Olympic” rules, but in a couple of years, there’s going to be a more sizable audience for the new rules package.

That audience is going to be the World Games, which are coming in 2021 to Birmingham, Ala.

The World Games are an international multisport competition on par with the Olympics, but feature athletic competitions which are not found there. These include games such as indoor field hockey, bowling, netball, and various combat sports such as karate, sumo, and kickboxing.

Lacrosse’s brave new first step on the international scene will feature eight teams in teach competition, and there are no slouches in either the men’s or women’s tournaments. The United States, Canada, Team GB, and Australia are the medal favorites, though the Stars and Stripes will be expected to win, being the home team.

And I’ll be interested to see whether this bastardized form of the game will survive the scrutiny of two eight-team international tournaments.