Lancaster, PA – It’s a new era for women’s soccer and Lancaster County could very well become home to a women’s professional soccer team in the future. The women’s soccer landscape is changing with the USL Super League set to launch in August 2024. It will be a first-division league, essentially making it a budding rival to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The appetite to invest in and support women’s soccer is increasing as made evident by these new advancements and 9 inaugural teams announced to join the Super League.
Lancaster Inferno is entering their 10th year anniversary of investing in women’s soccer with their nationally recognized pre-professional soccer program. Today, they have announced that they will be bringing a USL W League (USLW) franchise to Lancaster County, set to kick off in May of 2024. The W League is a pre-professional women’s soccer league that will be a feeder to the Super League within the USL umbrella.
We look forward to having our women’s team compete in the W League next summer and we’re proud to bring a USL franchise to our community. With their professional league on the horizon, the USL pyramid provides the best exposure for our youth and women’s team players to further their soccer careers.Stephanie Cleaves, Lancaster Inferno Executive Director & Head Coach
Founded in 2008, Lancaster Inferno was acquired under new ownership in 2014 to provide high level soccer in Lancaster County. Lancaster Inferno fields a First Team, U23 Team and U20 Team that features aspiring and former professionals, current and post college players, and high school standouts. The club’s First Team will be competing in the W League.
The club has earned national recognition for providing one of the top women’s soccer programs in the country. In 2022, the Inferno launched a year-round all-girls travel soccer program in an academy structure that fields one team per age group within a unified pathway.
We’re thrilled to add another high-caliber club to our Mid-Atlantic Division. Lancaster Inferno has a history of developing great players and coaches, and we look forward to seeing the team compete in the upcoming W League season.Amanda Vandervort, USL Super League and W League President
The overarching goal of Lancaster Inferno is to provide a professionally operated platform for girls and women in soccer. The club has had fourteen players sign professional contracts and ten players receive their U.S. Soccer coaching licenses. In addition, the club prides itself on providing positive role models for youth and the community through their Women’s Teams.
The club is holding an open tryout for its W League team, as well as U23 and U20 teams, on December 29, 2023. To learn more about Lancaster Inferno and tryouts, visit LancasterInferno.com and follow the club on X, Instagram and Facebook.
About Lancaster Inferno
Lancaster Inferno FC is Pennsylvania’s only all-girls travel soccer club that provides a player pathway from youth to pre-professional.
Founded in 2008, Lancaster Inferno was acquired under new ownership in 2014 to provide high level soccer in Lancaster County. Lancaster Inferno fields a First Team, U23 Team, and U20 Team that features aspiring/former professionals, current/post college players, and high school standouts.
The club has earned national recognition in providing one of the top women’s soccer programs in the country. In 2022, the Inferno launched a year-round all-girls travel soccer program in an academy structure that fields one team per age group within a unified pathway.
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