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The 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship begins Wednesday, with Team USA looking to secure its ninth title in Towson, Maryland.

A showdown between Canada and the United States will open up the tournament at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The game offers a rematch of the gold-medal game at the last iteration of the tournament in England in 2017.

This year marks the 11th edition of the tournament and just the third time it has been held in the United States. Team USA has won the last three championships, beating Australia in 2009 and then Canada in 2013 and 2017.

If the U.S. were to win this year’s world championship, it would be the first time that a team has won it on home soil. Twice the Americans have had the opportunity to win the title at home but lost both times to Australia in 1986 and 2005.

This year’s championship, hosted by USA Lacrosse, will be the largest-ever tournament in the history of the sport, with more than 500 athletes set to compete. In comparison to 2017, there are five more teams competing — 30 overall.

A total of 117 matches will take place from June 29 through July 9, with 112 airing on ESPN networks.

Six of the matches will air on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be celebrating the largest women’s world championship to-date in one of the sport’s strongest regions,” said World Lacrosse president Sue Redfern. “We’re expecting a very high level of competition among the best teams from all corners of the globe as they vie for the coveted title of world champion.

“Thank you to USA Lacrosse for their significant efforts in staging this championship, and to Towson University for hosting us on their beautiful campus in the Baltimore metro-area.”