Small group for training start

VfL Women begin pre-season preparations with eight players.

Die Spielerinnen vom VfL Wolfsburg laufen auf dem Trainingsplatz.

The date was not deliberately chosen but it could not have been more fitting: on the first official day of the 2022/23 season, VfL Wolfsburg Women began their preparations for the new campaign. Head coach Tommy Stroot had eight players at his disposal during training, including two newcomers in Sara Agrez and Kristin Demann. In addition to the players taking part at the Women’s European Championship, Katarzyna Kiedrzynek and Ewa Pajor were also absent after representing Poland on Wednesday. Both players trained individually.

“Strength and running”

“The coaching staff and I thought long and hard about how to handle the unusually long summer break,” Stroot told reporters after the 40-minute session was over.

“From our point of view it made most sense to start early and to divide our preparations into two blocks. In the first five and a half weeks we’ll be focusing more on strength and running, before getting into more intensive tactical matters later.”

As such, the team’s first summer friendlies are still several weeks away. Fixtures against PSV Eindhoven and Brondby are scheduled for August, as is a week-long training camp in Harsewinkel.

The She-Wolves’ first competitive game of the season will take place on the second weekend of September in the first round of the DFB Cup, before the new FLYERALARM Women’s Bundesliga campaign kicks off a week later.