Together for diversity: diversity is important to us, so that’s why we want to be different together!

In 2017, Nilla Fischer, the former captain of VfL’s women’s team, was the first Bundesliga player to take the pitch wearing a rainbow captain’s armband, to set an example for diversity and against discrimination. In doing so, the Swede not only ushered in a new era of German football, but she also laid the foundations for an approach that was already deeply rooted within the club beforehand and has since been increasingly visible to the public eye. Today, all of our captains wear this colourful symbol around their upper arm and thus carry VfL’s values throughout the world.

Football has the power to unite people all over the world, and it shows us how important fairness is, as well as treating each other with respect. That’s why we at VfL have regularly been setting an example for diversity and against discrimination for years – not only in the form of our annual Diversity Matchday, but also through numerous campaigns in the region. Our action areas are based on those of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency.