Welcome to the Eirball.world World Sports Archive. This is an ongoing project aiming to provide readers with a statistical history of World Sports in Ireland, and the Irish Abroad in those sports. The most popular World Sport played in Ireland is Lacrosse, originally a Native American sport, followed by Polocrosse (Australian sport) and Polo (first played in Iran). Other World Sports are just arriving in Ireland, such as Kabaddi (from India and neighbouring countries), Sepak Takraw (from South East Asia), Korfball (a version of Basketball from the Nerherlands), and Pesapallo (a version of Baseball and Finland’s National Sport). Sports Irish people have played abroad include Stickball in Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma.

Lacrosse (Native American)

This is the Eirball.world Archive of Irish Lacrosse. It is an Ongoing Project and is part of the Eirball.ie – Irish, North American and World Sports Archives

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After the Irish Lacrosse Union disappeared around the First World War, and the Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association from 1926-1970 had also disbanded, the third wave of Lacrosse in Ireland was the revival of Ireland Lacrosse in the early 21st Century, featuring Men’s Women’s and Box (Indoor Lacrosse).

Ireland Lacrosse

Ireland Lacrosse

Ireland Lacrosse (Men’s) Standings:

Irish Lacrosse League 2009-2016

Ireland Lacrosse | Men’s Newtownards Cup 2010-2017

Irish Lacrosse League (Results):

2018 2016 2015 2014 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11

Men’s Newtownards Cup (Results):

2018 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11

An overhead view of a mens lacrosse playing field with white markings painted on grass.

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The Irish Lacrosse Union was the Men’s Lacrosse Association in Ireland from the Late 19th to Early 20th Centuries. The Senior shield was the first level league competition.
Like the Gaelic Athletic Association, the Irish Lacrosse Union season was divided into an opening season (Shield – League Competition), and closing season (Flags – Knockout / Elimination Competition). The Irish Lacrosse Union had two Adult levels (Senior and Junior), and a representative competition (Shaftesbury Cup) between County Down and County Antrim. It was Men’s only. (see links to each competition and season for results, more information and references).

Irish Lacrosse Union (1870-1914)

Irish Lacrosse Union

Shaftesbury Cup (Co. Down v Co. Antrim – Seasons): 1900

Irish Lacrosse Union 1870-1914

Irish Lacrosse Union | Championship of Ireland 1890-1897 (pending Review)

ILU Senior Flags (1st Level – Knockout Championship – Seasons)1900

ILU Junior Flags (2nd Level – Knockout Championship – Seasons): 1900

ILU Senior Shield (1st Level League – Seasons)1900

ILU Junior Shield (2nd Level League- Seasons)1900

ILU Gibb Cup (All Teams Knockout – Seasons):  1895 1894 1893

ILU Preseason Friendlies (Seasons): 1900

Women’s Lacrosse

Women’s Lacrosse was codified in Scotland, and is a 12-v-12 version of Lacrosse. There was an Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association in Ireland from the 1920s to 1970, that played in the Home Nations against England, Scotland and Wales, and also held a Schools Shield, with teams from Dublin & Belfast.It was resurrected in the early 2000s, with an International team, and the Irish women’s Lacrosse League.

Vector diagram of a women’s lacrosse field.

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Women’s Lacrosse

Federation of International Lacrosse

FIL Women’s World Lacrosse Cup (Editions): 2017

European Lacrosse Federation

ELF Women’s European Lacrosse Championships (Editions): 2019

Home Nations Internationals

Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association Home Internationals 1930-1970

Ireland Lacrosse (Women’s)

Ireland Lacrosse Irish Women’s Lacrosse League 2014-2016

IL Irish Women’s Lacrosse League (Results): 2018

IL Women’s Newtownards Cup (Results):   2019-20 2018 2017

Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association (1922-1970)

Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association League (seasons): 1925

Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association School Shield (Roll of Honour):

Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association School Shield 1934-1970

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Men’s Lacrosse is a 10-v-10 version of the game, originally played by Native Americans in the Eastern Woodlands cultural region of Native North America (Eastern Canada & Upstate New York, New England).

The first known team in Ireland was in Newtownards, Co. Down, and there was a Championship in Ireland from the late 19th Century to World War I, and it was then resurrected in the early 2000s, with an International team, and the Irish Lacrosse League. The Newtownards Cup is also now played, named after the town with the first club.

Men’s Lacrosse (International)

Ireland Lacrosse; Irish Lacrosse Association; European Lacrosse Federation;

Federation of International Lacrosse

FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championships (Editions):    2018 2006 2002

European Lacrosse Federation

ELF Men’s European Lacrosse Championships (Editions):  2004 2001 (Pending review)

ELF Men’s U20 European Lacrosse Championships (Editions): 2019

Celtic Cup

Celtic Cup (Editions): 2005 (pending Review) 2013 2009

International Lacrosse Union (1881-1899)

International Lacrosse Union Ireland v England 1881-1899

Irish Counties v South of England Representative Lacrosse Matches 1901 (pending Review)

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Irish Men’s Lacrosse Teams

Irish Men’s Lacrosse Teams

Team Histories (Including Results) and [ Season Rosters & Match Reports]

Ireland Lacrosse Men’s National Team 2002-Present (pending review)

Ireland Men’s Lacrosse World Championship

 [ Perth 2002 ][ London Ontario 2006 ] [ Manchester England 2010 ][ Denver, Colorado 2014 ][ Israel 2018 ] (Pending Review)

Ireland Men’s Lacrosse Celtic Cup:

Celtic Cup 2013

Dublin Bay Prawns: [ 2011-12 ] (pending Review)

Ireland Lacrosse Logo

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Indoor (also known as Box) Lacrosse is a 6-v-6 version of Lacrosse, played in an Indoor Arena. The National Indoor Lacrosse League matches were held in Loughlinstown, Co. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Indoor (Box) Lacrosse

Ireland Lacrosse

European Lacrosse Federation:

ELF European Box Lacrosse Championship (Editions): 2017

Ireland Lacrosse (Indoor) Standings:

National Indoor Lacrosse League 2011-2015

National Indoor Lacrosse League (Results):

2014 2013 2012

Jacksonville, Florida USA. February 2nd 2019. Jacksonville University and Duke University lacrosse players fighting for possession of the ball.

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The Victoria Shamrocks played in the Inter-City Lacrosse League (British Columbia) and in the British Columbia Junior Lacrosse League

World Lacrosse

National Lacrosse League; Pan-American Lacrosse Association

Pan-American Lacrosse Association Women’s World Qualifiers (Editions): 2019

National Lacrosse League (North American Major Indoor League):

Major Indoor Lacrosse League 1987-1990

National Lacrosse League Alterna Cup (Seasons): 2019-20

Canadian Senior Championship (Mann Cup)

Canadian Junior Championship (Minto Cup)

About Lacrosse and the Eirball Lacrosse Archive

Lacrosse has had three main eras of activity in Ireland: (1) c. 1870s to c. 1914 when the Irish Lacrosse Union (Men’s) was in operation. (2) Irish Ladies Lacrosse Association c. 1930 to 1970 which was mainly played in schools and (3) Ireland Lacrosse 2001 to Present which has both a Men’s and Women’s League as well as Box (Indoor) and International teams which compete in the World and European Championships. The Final Table of the Irish Lacrosse League (Men’s) 2010-11 as well as the Irish Women’s Lacrosse League and National Indoor Lacrosse League are shown below to give the reader an idea of what they will find in each article. just click on the links below in blue to be brought to the relevant articles.

There are four main versions of Lacrosse:

  1. Men’s Lacrosse (a 10 v 10 outdoor version of the game)
  2. Women’s Lacrosse (a 12 v 12 outdoor version of the game)
  3. Box Lacrosse (a 6 v indoor version of the game – mixed in Ireland)
  4. Polocrosse (Lacrosse on horseback)

Below you will find the results and standings,as well as some match reports and line-ups for all four versions of Lacrosse in Ireland, as well as results of International fixtures featuring Ireland and Irish Clubs and representative teams, and some World Lacrosse – the National Lacrosse League (The Major Indoor Lacrosse League – Canada’s National Summer Sport), and Major League Lacrosse (the Major Outdoor Lacrosse League in North America).

The sport was invented by Native North Americans, particularly in the Eastern Woodlands culture areas of Canada and North East USA, and was codified by European settlers, although the sport is still very popular among Native Americans and Canada’s First Nations, and is the only sport where Native Americans can represent their own country (Haudenosaunee is the Nativa American Women’s National Team, and Iroquois Nationals is the Men’s Native American National Team). [See the links in the articles below for references about the sport and its history].

Asian Sports

The Eirball Polo Archives include Irish Polo and Polocrosse as well as Cowboy Polo in USA.

Ireland v Zimbabwe player riders horse action play at world cup polo-cross championship games at Shongweni equestrain fields outside Durban.


Polocrosse is a version of Lacrosse played on Horseback. It was invented in Northern Australia in the 1970s and the first World Cup was played in 2003.

Polocrosse (Australia)

International Polocrosse

Polocrosse (Northern Australia)

IPC World Cup (Editions): 2019 2003

Irish Polocrosse Association National Finals (Years):


Irish Polocrosse Association A Grade Tournaments (Years):


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Polo originated in Iran and was introduced to Britain and Ireland by the British Army after it was discovered there.

Polo (Iran – Central Asia)

Polo (Iran)

FIP European Championships: 2016

Kabaddi is an Indian Tag Game, popular throughout South Asia, whereby a team has to tag players on the opposing team and get back to their own base without being tagged in turn in the time it takes to hold their breath. In order to ensure the players are holding their breath they have to repeat “Kabaddi” over and over again.

Kabaddi (India – South Asia)

Kabaddi (Ireland)

Kabaddi Trinity Indian Society 2013

Pro Kabaddi (India)

Pro Kabaddi (India) 2013-Present

MALAYSIA, KUALA LUMPUR, 10 SEPTEMBER 2017 – Sepak Takraw Athletes perform during 29th Sea Games Kuala Lumpur 2017.

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Sepak Takraw is a version of Volleyball played with every part of the body except the arms and is Native to Malaysia and Thailand, both of whom claim to have invented it and where the game is a National Sport. It is popular throughout South East and East Asia.

Sepak Takraw (Malaysia, Thailand – South East Asia)

Sepak Takraw (Ireland)

UCD Sepak Takraw Club 2014-Present

Sepak Takraw League (Malaysia)

Sepak Takraw League (Malaysia) 2015-2016

Sepak Takraw Games (East Indonesia)

Native American Sports

Ulama (as known to the Mexica (Aztecs) or Pok-ta-Pok (as known to the Maya) is a Native Mexican and Central American Sports using a rubber ball and the hips. It is played in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.

Mayan Ball court found in Uxmal This ball court is part of the Mayan culture found all over Yucatan’s archeological sites. Uxmal is in Yucatan an it used to be a huge populated city.

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Ulama is the ancient sport of the Native Aztec (Mexica) and Maya of Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras). It is played with the hips, with two teams trying to propel the ball past the opposing team and has been played since 1400 BC. It is known as “Pok Ta Pok” to the Maya and “Ulama” to the Mexica.

The Juego de Pelota Mesoamerican Ulamaztli Championship is an Annual Regional Competition in Teotihuacan, Mexico City, the seat of the ancient religious / ritual centre, and where the most impressive ancient Ball Court is to be seen.

The Ulama Mesoamerican Ball Game Tournament is the Annual World Cup basically, bringing together teams from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.

Mesoamerican Ulama Pok-ta-Pok

Ulama (Pok-ta-Pok)

Ulama Mesoamerican Ball Game Tournament (Ulama World Cup)

Ulama Pok-ta-Pok Mesoamerican Ball Game Tournament 2017-Present

Juego de Pelota Mesoamerican Ulamaztli Championship (Teotihuacan, Mexico)

Juego de Pelota Championship (seasons): 


Ancient Mesoamerican Ball Game

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Stickball is a Native American Sport similar to Lacrosse.

Choctaw Stickball

Native American Sports include Stickball, a Choctaw game in Oklahoma.

Choctaw Stickball:

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Playing Stickball Choctaw Nation 2018

World Football

World Football on Eirball includes Football varieties played in East Asia, Aboriginal Australia, Africa and Old Europe.

This is the Eirball – World / Irish North American and World Sports Archive landing page for Calcio Storico Fiorentino, one of the earliest forms of organised football in the world, and which bears a striking resemblance in play to Gaelic Football, as well as a shared Atlantic heritage in a pre-Roman/pre-English, pre-Catholic Rennaisance or Revival. To view results of Calcio Fiorentino just click on the links in red/blue (purple) below the introduction.

This is the GAA World (Eirball) Landing page for the All-Time Results of Calcio Fiorentino.

Header Picture Credit: [1] MONACO – CIRCA 1963: A stamp printed by MONACO shows an illustration of the Calcio Fiorentino field and starting positions from a 1688 book by Pietro di Lorenzo Bini, Florence, circa 1963 By Sergey Goryachev / http://www.shutterstock.com


Calcio Storico Fiorentino is a Renaissance Football game first played in Florence (Fiorentina), Tuscany in the 1400s by workers on breaks from work in the city. It was the first organised football in the world, rather than the Medieval mob football which preceeded it and where there were no rules or restrictions on numbers playing. It could be seen as part of the wider Renaissance whereby Tuscany’s ancient pre-Roman, pre-Catholic past was brought back.

[References: [4] Calcio Storico Fiorentino Sito Ufficiale (2020) CALCIO STORICO FIORENTINO [Internet] Available from: http://calciostoricofiorentino.it/?q=calcio-storico-fiorentino [Accessed 4 August 2020] and [5] Calcio Storico Fiorentino Sito Ufficiale (2020) Studies & Documentation [Internet] Available from: http://www.calciostoricofiorentino.it/?q=studi_e_documentazione [Accessed 4 August 2020]

FLORENCE – JUN 24: Fighting players during Calcio Fiorentino match on June, 24,2012. Calcio fiorentino (calcio storico or calcio in costume) is an historic florentine game, origins of modern football

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*The Tuscan language (Etruscan) is one which predates the Latin arrival in the Italian peninsula, and even though the letters and sounds are known there is no knowledge of the word meanings as no document translating Etruscan to Latin or Greek has ever been found. It does, however, sound similar to Basque, and therefore could be incuded in the Celtic sports section as part of the “Atlantic” or “Black Atlantic” family along with the Celtic languages, Basque and Berber (Tamashek) – half the words in the Gaelic language are of an Indo-European origin (Greek, Latin, Germanic, Slavic etc)and half of a North African Afro-Asiatic origin (Berber, Tuareg, Maltese, Hebrew, Arab etc).

Calcio Fiorentino (Tuscany)

Calcio Fiorentino

A Medieval Football game, first organised in Renaissance Florence, Tuscany, Italy, that was first played by workers between breaks in work, and then organised matches beginning in 1530.

The earliest orgainsed Football matches anywhere in the world, as far as Eirball has discovered, although earlier reports in Ancient Europe, Greece, Rome, Italy and China mention similar games, though of what nature is hard to discern – they may just have been children’s catching games. [See articles on Medieval Football at: Medieval Celtic Sports for more information and references on this]

Calcio Storico Fiorentino

Calcio Storico Fiorentino Finals 1952-Present

Calcio Storico Fiorentino (Seasons): 

Calcio Storico Fiorentino (Seasons):

2020 2017 2016

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 

2010 2009 2008

Calcio Storico Fiorentino August Festival (Seasons):


[References: see Encyclopedia Brittanica sections on Indo-European, Celtic, and Afro-Asiatic languages: Encyclopedia Britannica | Britannica ]

Georgian Lelo Federation Logo

[1] Lelo Burti (2016) Logo_ [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20160923010826im_/http://lelo.comyr.com/images/Logo_.jpg [Accessed 24 August 2020]

Lelo Burti (Georgia)

Lelo Burti (Georgia)

Lelo Burti

Lelo Burti is the traditional Georgian form of Rugby.

Georgia: Lelo Burti

SLF Samegrelo Region Championship (seasons): 


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Kemari is an ancient Keepie-Uppie Version of Football from Japan.

Kemari (Japan)

Kemari (Japanese Football)

Kemari (Japanese Football Code) 794-Present

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Cuju is an ancient Keepie-Uppie Version of Football from China.

Cuju (China)

Cuju (Chinese Football)

Cuju (Chinese Football Code) 770 BC – Present

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Chandimu is an African Street Football sport.

Chandimu (Tanzania)

Tanzania: Chandimu

Chandimu (Tanzanian Football)

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Marn Grook is an Australian Aboriginal Football game.

Marn Grook (Australian Aboriginal)

Australian Aboriginal: Marn Grook

Marn Grook (Australian Aboriginal Football)

Other World Sports

Other World Sports include versions of Hockey, Basketball, Baseball and Racquet Sports played around the World other than North America and Britain.

World Basketball

Korfball is the Dutch variant of Basketball or Netball and has been played in Netherlands and Belgium since the early 20th Century. It has been played in Ireland since around 2009 when the Ireland Korfball International team first entered the IKF European Championships.

While there is no league in Ireland as yet, the International team enters Tournaments in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Netherlands. In keeping with the Dutch ‘Total Football’ Tradition the Attackers and Defenders swap positions after two scores by either team, making an All-Rounders game.

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – June 6: Korfball League games played at Olympia Park on June 6, 2015 in Rustenburg South Africa. Ladies team: Girl goal trowing ball at net.

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Korfball (Netherlands)

Korfball (Dutch Basketball)

International Korfball Federation (Overviews):

International Korfball Federation Logo [Ref: 3]

International Korfball Federation European Korfball Championships 2010-2018

International Korfball Federation European Korfball Championship Round 1 2016-2017

International Korfball Federation World Korfball Championship (Finals):


International Korfball Federation European Championships (Finals):

2014 2010

International Korfball Federation European Championships Round 1 (Qualifying):

2017 2016

Korfball Tournaments:

British Student Korfball Association International Invitaitional Trophy


Korfball Teams:

European Korfball Championships Ireland’s Record 2009-2016

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African Sports include Ringball, a South African version of Basketball.

Chandimu is an African Street Football sport.

Ringball (South africa)

South African Ringball

SAR Super 10s Dames (Seasons): 2019

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Cestoball (Argentina)

Cestoball is a version of Basketball Native to Argentina. The Liga Nacional A is the Top Men’s Division in the country.

Confederacion Argentina de Cestoball Liga Nacional A 2014-2015

World Hockey

Variations on Hockey and Ice Hockey are played throughout the World, from Ringette in Canada to Chaco Indian Hockey in South America.

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Ringette (Canada)

Canadian Ringette

Canadian Ringette

Ringette Nova Scotia Women’s Recreational League 2015-2020

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Choule Crosse (Normandy)

Jeux et Tradi Normandie

Choule Crosse Normande

The Traditional Sports and Games of Normandy (North France) were first described in the 12th Century A.D. Choule is a Team Sport involving a curved stick and a leather ball.

FJSTNV Choule Crosse Normande (Seasons):


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Chaco Indian Hockey(South America)

Chaco Indian Hockey

Chaco South American Indian Hockey

World Racquet Sports

Racquet Sports originated in East, South and South East Asia where the ancestors of Badminton are to be found. There are variations on Racquet Sports unique to Europe (Italian Tamburello, French Tambourine) and the Rest of the World.

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Palla Tamburello is an Italian Team Racquet Sports (5-a-side) that utilizes a Tambourine to hit the ball rather than a racquet

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[6] Shutterstock (2021) Hagoita [Internet] Available from: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/good-luck-charm-japanese-hagoita-1195451194 [Accessed 20 December 2021]


Hanetsuki is a traditional Japanese form of Badminton.

Japanese Hanetsuki

Hanetsuki (Japanese Badminton)

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Road Tennis (Barbados)

Professional Road Tennis Association