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Israel will host the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse’s 2018 Men’s Championships.

The Tuesday announcement marks the first time since the competition launched in 1967 that a country other than the United States, Canada, England or Australia will host the tournament.

Israel’s national lacrosse team placed second in the 2016 European championships and seventh in the most recent world championships, which took place in 2014.

Israel Lacrosse Association Executive Director Scott Neiss said, “The success of Israel Lacrosse both internationally, that sees us ranked seventh in the world and the domestic infrastructure we’ve established at the grassroots level here in Israel put us in good standing when submitting our bid to host the FIL World Championships.”

“We’re delighted to showcase our country, our facilities, and the spirit of Israel to the world.”