About Lancaster Inferno

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MISSION

To advance women’s soccer by establishing a high caliber team in partnership with businesses, soccer clubs, and supporters.

The Lancaster Inferno is considered the highest level women’s soccer team in the Pennsylvania. We compete in United Women’s Soccer (UWS), which is a 2nd tier national league beneath the NWSL. UWS provides the highest level playing experience in the nation for current and former collegiate players, as well as aspiring & former professionals.

In 2019, Inferno established a second team, the Lancaster Inferno Reserves, competing in UWS League Two. The reserves feature elite current/post college players and high school standouts.

Currently, the season for UWS and UWS League Two begins in May and culminates with the National Championship in July.

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Lancaster Inferno serves as a positive advocate for women in sport and provides the following:

  • Positive role models for youth & the community.
  • An opportunity for the development of the female soccer player beyond college.
  • A competitive playing outlet for college players and aspiring/former professionals
  • Visibility of women’s soccer through widespread promotion & media exposure
  • A positive experience for players & fans by operating with professional standards


Championships

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2019 & 2018 UWS East Conference Champions
2019 UWS National Semi-Finalists
2018 UWS National Runners-up


Inferno History Timeline

2008: PA Classics starts Lancaster Inferno, a women’s team playing in the WPSL (Women’s Premier Soccer League), coached by Doug Harris. The home field is Hempfield High School’s athletic stadium in Landisville.

2009: The men’s team folds, but the women continue to compete.

2011: Inferno is no longer under the PA Classics umbrella, and plays under the sponsorship of the Penn Legacy Soccer Club. The team’s name is changed to “Penn Legacy Inferno”.

2013: Inferno becomes independent, no longer associated with PA Classics or Penn Legacy. The team’s name reverts to its former name, “Lancaster Inferno”.

2014: Lancaster Inferno is sold to Francisco Cleaves, who also begins operations as head coach.

2015: Inferno changes its home field to Millersville University’s Pucillo Field in the Lancaster suburb of Millersville.

2016: Lancaster Inferno leaves WPSL and joins the newly-formed United Women’s Soccer (UWS).

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2018: The team enters an agreement with Rush Soccer, to be recognized as the club’s top level women’s team. The team’s name was changed to Inferno Rush, branding under the Rush Soccer brand, along with the USL’s Penn FC. In 2018, the Inferno becomes the UWS East Conference Regular Season Champions, subsequently beating the Connecticut Fusion to become the East Conference Playoff Champions. The Inferno travels to the UWS National Championship held in Grand Rapids, Michigan and defeats Grand Rapids FC in the semi-final match. In the final match of the UWS National Championship, Inferno faces the Houston Aces and loses 1-0 at the last minute of double overtime.

2019: The agreement with Rush Soccer is terminated and the team once again reverts to its original name, “Lancaster Inferno”. Lancaster Inferno becomes a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Inferno adds a second (reserve) team. For the 2nd consecutive year, Lancaster Inferno becomes the East Conference Playoff Champions, winning 2-1 over regular season champions, New England Mutiny. Inferno travels to compete at the UWS National Championship in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Lancaster Inferno plays host team, Calgary Foothills, in the first round, losing 2-0.

2020: Rob Smith joins Inferno Associate Head Coach. Due to COVID-19, UWS did not have a regular season. Lancaster Inferno and the Inferno Reserves played a series of friendly matches that were closed to the general public.

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