Founded in 2008, Lancaster Inferno fields a women’s pre-professional soccer team that competes in the USL W League. The First Team roster is composed of players who want to pursue their professional aspirations and features current/post college players and former professionals.
Headquartered in Rock Lititz (Lititz, PA) the Inferno is committed to providing a complete pathway from youth soccer to pre-professional. In addition to the pre-professional team, Inferno fields U20/U23 women’s teams during the summer months, and youth travel teams from the U9-U19 age groups year-round (Lancaster Inferno FC).
Lancaster Inferno FC is the only all-girls travel soccer club in Pennsylvania that provides a player pathway from youth to pre-professional. The pathway provides age and stage-appropriate opportunities across these age groups. The purpose of the pathway is to identify and prepare talented players as future senior Lancaster Inferno players, through the delivery of a holistic player centric curriculum.
From youth to pro-am, her path to a soccer career starts at Lancaster Inferno!
Lancaster Inferno started playing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) in 2008 and moved to the United Women’s Soccer (UWS) league as a founding team in 2016. The Inferno was acquired in 2014 by the Cleaves family and has continued to build on its past successes. With a passion for advancing women’s soccer, the Cleaves in partnership with committed sponsors, have continued to invest in the club culminating in the acquisition of the USL W League franchise in 2023.
The club is professionally operated and supported by an outstanding team of individuals deeply committed to the vision of the club: To empower girls and women through the sport of soccer.
For over a decade, the Lancaster Inferno has served as trailblazers in the women’s soccer landscape, investing in and providing women the opportunity to further their soccer careers.
The United Soccer League (USL) is the heartbeat of American soccer. Impacting more than 200 communities across the United States, the USL is the first and only soccer organization in the United States to build a youth-to-professional pathway for both men and women within one ecosystem. That structure includes three professional leagues: USL Super League (women), USL Championship (men), and USL League One (men); two pre-professional leagues: USL League Two (men) and the USL W League (women); and two youth platforms: USL Academy and USL Youth.
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Donations are tax deductible, and checks can be mailed to; Inferno Soccer Corp, Suite #35, Rock Lititz Blvd, Lititz, PA 17543.
Inferno Soccer Corp is an approved 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Tax ID is 82-4472457.
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Lancaster Inferno currently fields a First Team playing in the USL W League, a U23 team playing in UWS League Two, and a U20 team.
The First Team competes in the USL W League. The team is primarily composed of aspiring and former professionals and college players. Team goal: A national championship title in USL W.
The U23 Team competes in UWS League Two (UWS2). The team is primarily composed of current and former college players. Team goal: A conference championship title in UWS League Two.
The U20 Team is primarily composed of current college players and high school graduating seniors and standouts. Team goal: Train and compete to prepare players for their upcoming season.
Register for our open tryout on December 29th, 2023 at the following LINK.
Lancaster Inferno launched a year round all-girls travel soccer program in 2022. To learn more about the travel program, visit the Youth Club page.
2008: PA Classics starts Lancaster Inferno, a women’s team playing in the WPSL (Women’s Premier Soccer League). The home field is Hempfield High School’s athletic stadium in Landisville.
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.
2018: In 2018, the Inferno becomes the UWS East Conference Regular Season Champions, subsequently beating the Connecticut Fusion to become the East Conference Playoff Champions. 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: Lancaster Inferno becomes a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Inferno adds a second (reserve/U23) 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.
2021: Lancaster Inferno U-23 plays in UWS League Two’s inaugural season, becoming the Mid-Atlantic Conference Champions. Wendell Hannaford joins the organization as Head Coach of Lancaster Inferno II. Lancaster Inferno’s First Team is a semi-finalist in the East Conference Championship. The club also launches Inferno Summer Select, a program for U12-15 girls. In their commitment to advancing women in the world of soccer, Inferno partnered with EPYSA to host the first-ever all-female USSF National D License coaching course inline with U.S. Soccer’s new grassroots pathway.
2022: Lancaster Inferno announces an all-girl’s youth soccer program to begin competing in August, 2022. Teresa Rook is named as Youth Club Director. Wendell Hannaford is appointed Technical Director.
2023: Stephanie Cleaves joins the women’s team coaching staff as the first female head coach. Lancaster Inferno wins the UWS East Conference Patriot Bracket and travels to the UWS National Championship in Santa Clarita, California. Inferno also starts a U20 team led by head coach Kyle Diem. The team competes in a provisional U20 conference of UWS League Two. In November 2023 Inferno announces the First Team will be competing in USL W in 2024.
2024: Lancaster Inferno FC announces its acceptance into the USL Academy League. The club will be launching its U19 USL Girls Academy team in the Fall of 2024 featuring the area’s top U15-U19 players. Geared towards elite players within the U15 to U19 age range (2010-2006 birth years), the USL Academy model is unique in the player development landscape with a direct path to Inferno’s senior team. Read the full announcement HERE.