The break ends

The VfL women started their pre-season preparations with a lactate test.

Sara Doorsoun.

The summer-silence around the double-winners has finally come to an end. With immediate effect, on Elesterweg, the ladies will be getting a sweat on in preparation for the 2018/2019 campaign. However, on day one, there was no action on the ball for the Lady-Wolves. On Monday, VfL coach Stephan Lerch‘s side began with the obligatory lactate tests. New-signing Sara Doorsoun pulled on the kit of the German champions and DFB-Cup winners for the first time, to undergo a short, but intensive, work-out on the tread-mill. "I just arrived yesterday and basically all I know so far is the way to the training-grounds," said the 26-year-old, adding. "I’m just happy that things are getting going now."

Champions League action before the Bundesliga start

The Green-Whites will take to the pitch for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, when the coaching-staff gather the players for the first team-session at 15:00 CEST. On Sunday July 29th, the VfL ladies have the first diversion on their schedule, with a friendly against Holstein Kiel, which will be followed by two further test matches as part of the ten-day training-camp in Austria (as from August 17th). On Sunday, September 16th (kick-off 14:00 CEST), league action begins with a home clash against all-time record title holders 1. FFC Frankfurt: Prior to that, the Lady-Wolves have two further competitive outings: On the weekend of August 8th/9th, VfL begin the defence of their DFB-Cup title. Shortly afterwards – and somewhat unusually – the Green-Whites begin their UEFA Women‘s Champions League campaign, with the first-leg of the 'Round of 32'.