National Lacrosse League

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The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is a men's professional indoor lacrosse league in North America. It currently has 10 teams; three in Canada and seven in the United States. Unlike other lacrosse leagues which play in the summer, the NLL plays its games in the winter. Each year, the playoff teams battle for the Champion's Cup.

Within Canada,Lacrosse is popular mainly in Southern Ontario and British Columbia; lacrosse is Canada's official summer sport. The sport also has a reasonable profile in the Northeastern United States, primarily for historic reasons or due to high profile college programs. Elsewhere in North America, though, lacrosse is still considered a marginal sport at best; consequently, franchise foldings and relocations have been common in the NLL.



The version of lacrosse played in the NLL is indoor lacrosse. This is slightly different from box lacrosse, which is played on a hard floor, usually in the summer, and has 3 periods instead of four. The NLL plays four quarters of fifteen minutes each, with two-minute breaks between the first and second quarters and between the third and fourth quarters, and a twelve-minute break between the second and third (called half-time).[1] The clock does not run when play is stopped.

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