Mexican football league system

Mexican Football League System

Mexican football league system

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The Mexican football league system is the national football competition system in Mexico. It is organized by the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación (Mexican Football Federation) and consists of four levels (it could be argued that there are five levels).

  1. Primera División (18 teams)
  2. Liga de Ascenso (16 teams)
  3. Segunda División de México, 6 divisions
  4. Tercera División de México, 15 groups

Primera División

The Primera División (First Division) is the highest level of Mexican football and consists of 18 clubs divided into three groups of six clubs each. Each calendar year is split into two short tournaments, the Apertura (Opening) and the Clausura (Closing). In each short tournament a club plays the other 17 clubs once. The home team switches, depending on the current short tournament.

A new champion is crowned for each short tournament through a playoff system consisting of eight teams. The top two clubs in each group qualify directly to the Liguilla (playoffs), as well as the next two highest placed clubs, regardless of group. The clubs are arranged before each round so that the highest seeded team remaining always plays the lowest seed remaining. The clubs play in a two-legged tie, with one match occurring at each club's home ground, and whichever club has the better aggregate score advances. If the two clubs are tied after both legs in the quarterfinals and semifinals, the higher seed advances automatically. In the finals, if the two clubs are tied after...
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