Published Feb 14, 2024


BUFFALO, N.Y. (Feb. 14, 2024) – The Women’s Premier Soccer League announced today that Niagara 1812 will compete in the 2024 season as an expansion side in its East Region. With the announcement, the WPSL confirmed that the club has been aligned in the Lake Erie Division of the Great Lakes Conference.

“We are extremely thrilled for our players, coaches, and program to be part of this very important league,” Carmine Provenzano, Niagara 1812 chief operating officer, said.“The WPSL will be an incredible training ground of competition for our women.”

As a newly formed club started by Provenzano, Niagara 1812 established itself as a historical reference that had a significant impact on the region of Niagara, both in Southern Ontario and Western New York – the War of 1812. The club wants to conduct its organization in tribute to the historic battles that took place and helped shape the region today.

“Niagara 1812 continues to align itself with professionalism, similar core values, and credibility with organizations like the WPSL,” Provenzano said.“Similar to the WPSL our program will strive to be competitive, professional, and operate with integrity on and off the pitch.”

For its inaugural WPSL season, Niagara 1812 has named Lucio Ianiero as its head coach and technical lead for 2024. Ianiero recorded 17 caps for the Canadian Men’s National Team and boasts a decorated professional career across several Canadian leagues. Ianiero participated in the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championship and the inaugural 1989 Futsal World Cup. In 2000, he earned Coach of the Year for the Canadian Professional Soccer League and led the men’s program at Brock University in Ontario from 2015 to 2020.


For more information on Niagara 1812 visit its official website.

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About the Women’s Premier Soccer League
The WPSL returns for its 26th season of play as the longest-active women’s soccer league in the United States. Boasting more than 140 clubs nationwide while occupying 32 states coast-to-coast, the WPSL solidifies itself as the largest women’s soccer league in the world. Team rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international, and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s national team players have played in the WPSL since its inception in 1998, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, and Brandi Chastain.