This weekend, the FLYERALARM Women’s Bundesliga will become the first women’s league to resume since the 2019/20 campaign was brought to a halt by the COVID pandemic. The first match kicks off at the AOK Stadion on Friday 29 May, when VfL Women take on 1. FC Köln at 14:00 CEST.
The Matchday 17 encounter takes place two months later than originally scheduled – and under entirely different circumstances. The resumption was made possible by the Sports Medicine/Special Match Operations Task Force’s hygiene plan, which is already in place in the men’s Bundesliga. As such, the league leaders will have to make do without the support of their fans for the first time ever when they return to action against the Rhineland side.
“We feel well prepared”
On their last visit to Wolfsburg nearly two years ago, Köln managed to hold VfL – who had already been crowned champions by then – to a respectable goalless draw, and head coach Stephan Lerch again expects the promoted side to try to “keep a clean sheet, first and foremost” in the teams’ latest meeting on Friday. “Obviously they’ll also try to put pressure on our goal through counter-attacks,” added the VfL boss, who as always is focusing on his own team’s performance. “We’ve been working well recently, both from a physical and a tactical perspective, and we feel well prepared for the challenge.”
In this first match after the enforced break, Lerch will be without Sara Doorsoun (knee injury), Felicitas Rauch (muscle problems) and Madelen Janogy (personal reasons).