The start of the 2023/24 campaign may still be a good three months away for VfL Wolfsburg Women, but head coach Tommy Stroot will nevertheless oversee the first pre-season training session much earlier than that, namely on 20 July – the same day as the opening match at the FIFA Women's World Cup.
In the days beforehand, the players not involved at the tournament in Australia and New Zealand will undergo the customary performance tests. Stroot will not have his full squad – including new signings and Women's World Cup participants – available to him until 1 September, a later date than ever before. Later that same day the VfL camp will embark on an eight-day training camp at Hotel Klosterpforte in Harsewinkel, where they will play their only pre-season friendly against PSV Eindhoven. The fixture against the fourth-placed finishers in the Dutch top flight will take place on 3 September, although the venue and exact kick-off time are still to be confirmed.
Kick-off in DFB Cup
The Green-and-Whites' first competitive game of the season will be between 9 and 11 September, as the 10-time DFB Cup winners begin the defence of their trophy in the second round. The following weekend, 15-17 September, marks the start of the new Google Pixel Women's Bundesliga season.
European competition will begin later than usual in 2023/24: after finishing as runners-up domestically in the recently ended campaign, the She-Wolves must enter the play-offs for a place in the UEFA Women's Champions League group stage. The tie will be against the second or third-placed finishers from a different national association, with the first leg scheduled for 10/11 October and the second leg for 18/19 October.