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How We Play: Lacrosse

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One roster. One city. One Champion.

Athletes Unlimited Pro Lacrosse brings 56 all-star athletes to Sparks, Maryland, for four weeks of playoff-intensity competition.

The fast-paced format consists of 10-minute quarters, 10 vs. 10 gameplay, and a 60-second shot clock on a 90-yard x 60-yard playing field. Play begins with a draw at the beginning of each quarter and after every goal.

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The Athletes Unlimited Format

Teams Change Each Week

We bring a group of all-star athletes to one city for a playoff-intensity competition. Teams are redrafted each week, which means you see the best players battling with and against each other in different combinations. All active players from the roster will be on one of the competing teams. 

To find what team your favorite players are on in any given week, click here


How We Draft

The Leaderboard

As the season progresses, we keep a running leaderboard that counts points for each athlete individually. You can see the leaderboard change constantly throughout the game as athletes make plays. 

Athletes earn points in three ways:

  • When their team wins a game or quarter.
  • When they make a positive play on the field. They may lose points for a negative play or error.
  • When they are voted one of the top 3 MVPs of a game by players and fans. 

You don’t have to do the math, our leaderboard will do it for you. But if you want to know how many points a given action is worth, check out How We Score.


Each week the top four players on the leaderboard serve as team captains and draft their new teams. The captains have the ultimate authority over the team – starters, in-game decisions, and practice plans. They also have a coach to collaborate with; we refer to them as facilitators.

For more on the draft check out our How We Draft video. 

Becoming a Champion

At the end of the season, the athlete who sits atop the leaderboard is the champion — and the margin can be small! In some seasons, one play has decided the difference between first and second place. Every game, every play, every moment counts.

That means no meaningless mid-season games. No athletes taking a night off. This is all-star talent and playoff intensity, every game.

So pick your favorite players, cheer for their teams, vote for your MVP, and watch them compete to climb up the leaderboard. And when the final game ends we’ll see who rises to the top and is crowned the champion.



After the last game of every week, the top four point scorers will be named team captains. Each captain will be assigned to a team color based on their standing.

No. 1: Gold

No. 2: Orange

No. 3: Blue

No. 4: Purple

Team captains can consult with anyone they want prior to the opening of the draft, including any Athletes Unlimited staff, former coaches, and teammates.

During the draft, captains are allotted up to two minutes per pick. Once a player is selected their captain may consult them for further decisions. Once all players have been selected, it will be time to prepare for the upcoming slate of games and get ready to play.


Win Points

Win points are all about team performance. In all Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse games, teams will play four quarters. Win points accumulate after each quarter and for game wins. Each quarter is worth +20 points and game wins are worth +45 points.

If the game is tied at the end of a quarter, points will carry over to the next quarter and will be awarded to the winner of the next quarter.


If the score is tied at the end of the game, there will be a three-minute sudden victory overtime. There will be a shootout if the game remains tied after the overtime period. The shootout will consist of three rounds followed by sudden-victory rounds if necessary. Any player can shoot again in the sudden-victory format. 

Game MVPs

After each game, the players and members of the Unlimited Club vote for players who they feel had standout performances.

These points will be added to the player’s individual total. Points are awarded as follows:

MVP 1: +45 points

MVP 2: +30 points

MVP 3: +15 points

Individual Stats

The final component of points is individual stats. All players, including defensive players, earn, or lose, points based on their performance. The breakdown for individual points is as follows:

  • Goal: +12 points
  • Assist: +6 points
  • Ground Ball: +2 points
  • Draw Control: +4 points
  • Turnover: -5 points
  • Caused Turnover: +10 points
  • Save: +4 points
  • Goals Against: -2 point
  • Shot Saved: -2 points
  • Two-point Goal: +16 points
  • Yellow Card: -4 points
  • Red Card: -8 points
  • Shot Clock Violation: +4 points to Defensive Team
  • Change of Possession on Shot Out of Bounds: +10 points to Defender awarded possession
  • Caused Turnover from Yellow Card on Offensive Player: +10 points
  • Fouls: -2


For example, if a goalie has eight saves, five goals against, and two ground balls, they will be awarded 34 points.

8 saves (x 4 points per save) = +32

5 goals against = -10

2 ground balls (x 2 points per ground ball) = +4

32 – 10 + 4 = 26