FIL Issues Statement on End of USA-Canada Gold Medal Game


Rob Pannell had the assist on Tom Schreiber's game-winning goal with one second left in a 9-8 win over Canada. After a review, the FIL ruled that Schreiber's goal did indeed come with time remaining on the clock.

The Federation of International Lacrosse has issued its statement upon review of the of the United States vs. Canada championship game of the 2018 FIL Men’s World Championship in Netanya, Israel, on July 21. The statement below is attributed to Don Blacklock, FIL Board of Directors, Technical Director.

“After a review of available information, the FIL has concluded that the end of the FIL Men’s 2018 World Championship Gold-Medal game was appropriately officiated by the appointed game officials. The time keeping of all FIL games is conducted by off-field officials, commonly referred to as bench or table personnel. The off-field officials maintained the official Game time for the contest. The on-field officials conferred with each other and table personnel prior to reaching the conclusion that the goal by the United States was indeed scored within regulation time. Furthermore, the FIL game does not finish with a goal since the final goal was scored with time still on the clock, the remaining time must be played, in this case, one second. This was the reason for a face off to conclude the game.

The off-side call late in the fourth quarter by the Chief Bench Official has been widely questioned. After reviewing available video, the call could have been made in error. Although the FIL strives to ensure errors by officials are minimized, the unfortunate reality is errors are made by match officials in all sports. Currently the Federation of International Lacrosse does not have any rules that allow a call on the field of play to be challenged, nor for video review of a call. This call was not a time serving foul, but rather a call that resulted in a change of possession. Both teams had further opportunities after this possession call was made. The FIL will continue to evaluate its technical rules, officiating mechanics and all aspects of the game as we reimagine how FIL events are conducted as we grow making lacrosse better for our members, athletes, and fans.”

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