VfL’s matches over the weekend will put special emphasis on showing solidarity with Ukraine.

The situation in Ukraine and the images of its war-torn areas are a source of concern and great emotion all around the world. As such, VfL Wolfsburg is looking to play its part in supporting the people of Ukraine. This coming weekend, with the Bundesliga home games for the men’s team against 1. FC Union Berlin on Saturday, 5 March (kick-off: 15.30 CET, Volkswagen Arena), and for the women’s team against SC Freiburg on Sunday, 6 March (kick-off: 13 CET, AOK Stadium), is an ideal opportunity for a demonstration of solidarity and an expression of support for peace and freedom.

“We are well aware that we can only make a very small contribution, but nevertheless we want to provide all the support that we can,” said VfL Managing Director Jörg Schmadtke. “We see it as our social responsibility and hope that as many people as possible – regardless of whether they are football fans or not – will help us to collect donations.”

Peace symbol on the jerseys

The various communications measures for the two VfL matches will be accompanied by the peace symbol and the hashtag #StopWar. The main element will be what is widely regarded as the most recognisable peace symbol in the world, which will feature in both stadiums on LED boards, the scoreboards and the corner flags. Both teams will also prominently feature the symbol on their jerseys, with Volkswagen using the symbol to replace their logo on the chest, making a clear statement for peace. All those attending the matches will also be given free badges with the peace symbol.

Arena in Ukraine colours

The stadium entertainment on Saturday will also have peace as its main theme, and shortly before kick-off at both matches, there will be a minute’s applause as a demonstration of support for the bravery of the people of Ukraine, and also to thank everyone who has shown commitment to peace and freedom, not only at this moment but over time. The Volkswagen Arena has already been decked out in the blue and yellow colours of Ukraine since Thursday evening.

Donations from the Wolves

As symbolic gestures alone are not enough, VfL Wolfsburg will be supporting the victims of the war in Ukraine with money and other donations. The men’s and women’s squads will be making a significant financial donation, and that sum will be matched by the Green-and-Whites’ management. All of the money raised will be divided equally between two organisations: the UN Refugee Agency, which is also being supported by Volkswagen, and the Round Table Germany Foundation, which is organising aid convoys to Ukraine from Wolfsburg. Employees of VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH can also show their support to both organisations with a donation.

For any fans looking to support either or both organisations, here are the contact details:

  • UN Refugee Agency
    Important information

  • Name of account: Stiftung Round Table Deutschland
    Remarks: “Konvoi”
    IBAN: DE20 550 205 0000 0000 1954