Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Hali Long caps stellar year with PFFWL glory

Hali Long has added another achievement to her illustrious career. Long, who has made 80 international appearances with the Philippine Women’s National Football Team, helped Kaya-Iloilo keep a clean sheet in its 2023 PFF Women’s League final, winning 1-0 against Manila Digger last Saturday.

“They’re a tough competition,” said Long. “Their style of play could be a bit frustrating at times. So we just needed to be patient, and sometimes we weren’t as patient as we should have been, but a win is a win nonetheless.

“Obviously, we would have liked to score earlier, but they had good defense and good goalkeeping.”

The 5-foot-8 center-back has had a very eventful 2023. She competed in the 2023 Southeast Asian Games, 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 19th Asian Games, and the second round of the 2024 AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

For Long, having the chance to participate in these prestigious tournaments is a privilege. Now, winning the PFFWL is definitely the icing on the cake.PFFWL-2023-Hali-Long Hali Long caps stellar year with PFFWL glory Football News PFF Women's League  - philippine sports news

“Busy, but also blessed because not many people get to do this, and that’s what I say to all my teammates, national team (and) in here. It’s like not anyone gets to do this,” she said.

“We get to wear the flag, or we get to wear this fad, we get to represent, and now that Kaya has won the championship, we get to represent Kaya and we get to represent the Philippines, hopefully in (the) AFC Women’s (competition) next year. But yeah, super honored and super blessed to have this win at the end of the season.”

Without a doubt, Long is one of the stalwarts of Philippine football today. She has been a cornerstone in the country’s rise from the depths of international football to one of the top teams in Asia.

#ReadMore  United City, Kaya, Stallion to begin training for PFL season

The 2022 AFF Women’s Championship winner accepts that she has a big role to play when it comes to developing football in the country. Because of this, she is determined to pay things forward for the present and future generations.PFFWL-2023-Camille-Rodriguez-Inna-Palacios-Hali-Long Hali Long caps stellar year with PFFWL glory Football News PFF Women's League  - philippine sports news

“It’s such a loaded, heavy question. I mean, it’s hard enough to answer. It’s a lot of responsibility, but I feel like it’s our duty,” she said.

“Whatever and wherever we learn tactics, technical, whoever we get coached by all around the world, or even here, it’s an honor, but also a responsibility to bring it back home because that’s what this country deserves, that’s what the league deserves, (and) that’s what my teammates deserve,” she added.

“I hope they would do the same for me wherever they learn, have their learnings, whether it’s their coach, their province, whatever. It’s all a learning process. But again, it comes with a big responsibility but also a huge honor.”

Written By

Lorenzo's a frustrated author who knows a thing or two about Football and Basketball. Went all green from Ortigas to Taft. Supports Liverpool FC, FC Bayern Munich and the Alaska Aces

You May Also Like


Cam Rodriguez believes that the recently concluded 2023 PFF Women’s League demonstrates tangible progress for women’s football in the Philippines. Rodriguez, a member of...


In a thrilling showdown last Saturday, Kaya-Iloilo secured its inaugural PFF Women’s League sponsored by Coca-Cola Philippines title with a narrow 1-0 victory over...


Kaya-Iloilo fought valiantly, but it just wasn’t meant to be. In a battle between two champion teams, Kaya lost 1-2 against the reigning J1...


Sarina Bolden could not stop scoring for the Philippine Women’s National Football Team. Bolden netted a brace as the Filipinas comfortably moved past Chinese...


Kaya-Iloilo suffered its third loss in the 2023-24 AFC Champions League, a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos...


Jessica Miclat is set to return to international duty with the Philippine Women’s National Football Team for its upcoming matches in the second round...


The PFF Women’s League is set to crown a new champion after its reigning champion since its inception was defeated by Kaya-Iloilo in the...


Philippines Football League champion Kaya-Iloilo suffered its second loss in the 2023-2024 AFC Champions League — a 4-0 rout at the hands of South...