The Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) is pleased to announce the rules that will be featured during the inaugural season this summer. Lacrosse is constantly evolving, and this summer the WPLL’s rules will embrace several recent additions to the collegiate rules while also adding several exciting changes. Most noteworthy, the WPLL will feature quarters instead of halves, a smaller field size, fewer players on the field at a time, a 60 second shot clock, and no matter where an inside the 8-meter foul takes place, all free possession shots will be taken from the center hash. Designed for the game to be played at the highest level, the WPLL’s new rules will highlight the athleticism and skill of the elite players in the league.
Similar to recent college rules, the WPLL will allow for the use of mesh pockets. The league will also allow goalies to score. In the case that regulation ends in a tie, a sudden death 5 minute long 6v6 full-field overtime period will be played. If no score takes place during the 5 minutes a shootout will take place. Each team will choose 5 players to participate in the shootout.
In addition to playing with the WPLL’s established rules included below, the WPLL also plans on holding an exhibition game that will push the rules of the game to a new level.
“As a league we are committed to the growth and exposure of our sport at the highest level,” explained WPLL Commissioner Jen Adams. “We value the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation and create a platform that highlights our amazing athletes and the game itself. The rules play a pivotal role in that. As we continue to push the envelope and inch closer to Olympic inclusion, we see a version of our sport that will potentially move away from the center draw. Because we want to help lead the way in showcasing variations to our game that could aid in our pursuit of the Olympics, we plan to hold an exhibition-style game in the near future that will trial several of these exciting new rules.”
Please see a full list of rules below. Rules that differ greatly from current college/international rules are underlined. View the full WPLL schedule here.
The Women’s Professional Lacrosse League will follow the NCAA Women’s Rules with International card penalties and additional implemented rules and procedures for women’s lacrosse that are specific for the WPLL and outlined below.
PLAYING AREA AND GOALS
TIME AND SCORING ADMINISTRATION
PLAY AFTER A GOAL IS SCORED
GOAL CIRCLE RULES
THE DRAW AND TRANSITION RULES
WPLL overtime rules: 6v6 full field for 5 minutes sudden death. If no score takes place during the 5 minutes a shootout will take place. Each team will choose 5 players to participate in a shootout. They will be placed at the center hash against the opposing teams GK. Shot must be taken by the 8m. Player may run in from the 12m but may not cross or touch the 8m line. Teams will alternate shots.