Polynesian showdown a first for Nations Cup

When Tonga and Samoa meet in the opening match of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup this evening it will mark the first-ever encounter between the two Polynesian nations in this competition. That doesn’t mean there are no head-to-head results however. The two countries have played three competitive matches previously, all of them during the Pacific […]

Oceania to test talent in bid for FWWC spot

Nine teams from across Oceania will put themselves to the ultimate test when the 12th edition of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup gets underway in Suva, Fiji this week. With New Zealand having automatically qualified as co-hosts of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023, the opportunity for a second Oceania nation […]

Tonga tighten up for second friendly

Tonga tightened up their defence in a second hit out against the Philippines women’s national team on Saturday, reducing the scoreline to just a 5-0 defeat. The Mataliki, the name given bestowed upon the team by Tonga Football Association’s royal patron Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho, were much more settled for the second […]

Tonga celebrate return to action despite loss

Losing to the Philippines 16-0 wasn’t exactly the return to international football that the Tonga national women’s team envisioned. However, not having been able to train since January due to a volcanic eruption followed by a Covid-19 outbreak, just being able to get out on the field is an achievement. Tonga’s preparations for the Oceania […]

Fahefa triumph in nail-biting final

The inaugural Tonga Futsal League culminated in a thrilling final between two worthy sides, but it was consistent concentration that helped Lo’ihele-Fahefa to an 8-7 victory over Veitongo. Lo’ihele-Fahefa finished top of Group A with a slim one-point margin over Veitongo during the league so when they found themselves facing off in the final, fans […]

Tonga women in first full camp

Forty of Tonga’s top footballers have gathered at the Loto-Tonga Soccer Centre in Tongatapu this week to take part in the first nationwide camp since trials began in April. Players representing Vava’u, Ha’apai and the main island of Tongatapu have been named in the wider training squad, which is currently being led by interim coach […]

Tonga send scouts to Vava’u

With the world’s biggest women’s football event coming to the region in two year’s time, Tonga Football Association is leaving no stone unturned as they seek to earn a spot on the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 roster. This week TFA staff are in Vava’u, a northern island group, where they’re running trials for the […]

Tonga’s Challenge Cup a hit

The Heilala Manongi Challenge Cup concluded this week with eight teams consisting of Tonga’s best and brightest young footballers from Vava’u, ‘Eua, Ha’apai and Tongatapu participating in the inaugural event. The Challenge Cup concludes the first edition of the Heilala Manongi programme which saw mini-tournament’s run across Tonga’s island groups in an effort to boost […]

2020 – The Highlights

It’s been a strange year for everyone and while at times it’s been difficult to see the silver lining of a world in crisis, one thing has helped keep us here at Pasifika Sisters sane – women’s football in the Pacific. AS ONE 2023 The game has enjoyed a spectacular 12 months, despite the halt […]

Ha’apai hosts its first Heilala Manongi mini-tournament

The Heilala Manongi women’s football project in Tonga has continued to hit milestones with the Ha’apai island group the latest to benefit. The project launched across Tonga in August, after being held up by the pandemic, and with the first four weeks of training complete a mini-tournament was held to celebrate the achievement. Ha’apai is […]