NEW YORK—The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) has selected veteran Canadian men’s lacrosse official Brent McCauley to be the referee in chief (RIC) for the 2019 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC). Canada will host the quadrennial event Sep. 19-28, 2019, at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia.
“I would like to thank the FIL for the tremendous honor to be chosen as the RIC for the 2019 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to provide the best, fairest officiating we can at this championship,” McCauley said.
The referee in chief is responsible for guiding all FIL referees and assessors in all officiating matters regarding performance before and throughout a championship event requiring extensive understanding and demonstrated application of FIL indoor rules and interpretations as well as strong practical and theoretical knowledge to evaluate and advise the event referees and assessors in real time.
“Brent brings a wealth of experience to the WILC,” said Tom Sutton, chair of the FIL men’s officiating committee. “Being involved in the last two World Indoor Championships will greatly assist Brent transitioning to RIC position for the 2019 games. I look forward to working with him.”
McCauley, 55, served as assessor for the 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Prague, Czech Republic and the 2015 WILC hosted by the Onondaga Nation in Syracuse, New York. He has officiated junior through major box lacrosse in Canada for over 25 years including, three Founder's Cups (Canadian Jr. B Championship), three Minto Cups (Canadian Jr. A Championship), two Presidents Cups (Canadian Sr. B Championship), one Mann Cup (Canadian Sr. A Championship) and the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia. McCauley served as the RIC for three Founder’s Cups, three Minto Cups and two President’s Cups. He also was chair of officiating for the CLA for six years through 2016.
Steve O’Shaugnessy, CLA director of domestic development, was delighted by the FIL’s decision. “The Canadian Lacrosse Association is very pleased that Brent McCauley has been selected by the Federation of International Lacrosse as the referee in chief for the world indoor championship in Langley,” said O’Shaughnessy. “Brent’s vast experience at the national level, where he has served as both an official and as the referee in chief at multiple national championships, combined with his involvement as an official and assessor at the past three world championships, make him the ideal candidate for this position.”
According to Andrew Corbould, CLA chair of officiating, “Brent has a breadth of experience at all levels of box lacrosse. He has officiated for many years, and his work behind the scenes as a clinician and supervisor at the national and international level are key reasons he was recommended for the position. We know that he will continue the strong leadership presence Canadians have contributed on the international stage in leading the officiating team in Langley. On behalf of all Canadian lacrosse officials, I would like to congratulate Brent on being selected as RIC.”
McCauley grew up and resides in Brampton, Ontario, with his wife, Lori. He has a daughter, Payton.
About the Federation of International Lacrosse
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently has 60 member nations and holds five World Championships: Men’s Lacrosse World Championship; Under-19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championship; Men’s World Indoor Lacrosse Championship; Women’s Lacrosse World Cup; and Under-19 Women’s Lacrosse World Championship. Each event is held on a quadrennial basis. The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world.
About the Canadian Lacrosse Association
Founded in 1867, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 80,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. The CLA's mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We strive to accomplish this while adhering to our core values of health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. The CLA oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The CLA is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners - New Balance Athletics, Warrior Sports, Westjet, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation. For more information on Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit our website at www.lacrosse.ca
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