Liga MX

Liga MX, officially known as Liga BBVA MX for sponsorship reasons, is the most important professional soccer division in Mexico and 2 tournaments are held per year.

The league is considered the strongest in North America and the strongest in all of America. According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, the league is currently ranked 20th worldwide and ranked as the 10th strongest league in the first decade of the 21st century (2001–2010). According to CONCACAF, the league, with an average attendance of 25,557 during the 2014-15 season, averaged the largest attendance of any soccer league in the United States and the third-largest of any professional sports league in North America. the National Football League and Major League Baseball, and the Canadian Soccer League. It is also the fourth busiest soccer league in the world after Germany’s Bundesliga, England’s Premier League and Spain’s La Liga.

Amateur era

Before the Liga Mayor, there was no national soccer league in Mexico and soccer competitions were held in relatively small geographic areas. The winners of the Primera Fuerza, a local league made up of teams from Mexico City and its surroundings, were considered the national competition at the time, although there were other regional leagues, such as Veracruz, Liga Amador de Puebla de Jalisco, and in the Bajío. who were talented. . Clubs Many club owners wanted to remain, amateurs, even though they paid players under the table. A growing interest in soccer will not prevent a unified professional soccer system in Mexico. The National Professional League was founded in 1943.

Professional period

The Mexican Federation of Football Association (F.M.F.) aroused the interest of many clubs to join the announcement of the first professional league in the country. F.M.F. He announced that 10 clubs would form the Major League. The league was founded by six clubs from the Primera Forza from Mexico City, two clubs from the Liga Occidental, and two clubs from the Liga Veracruzana.

Liga MX Correction

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, many smaller clubs faced financial difficulties due to the lack of international competition from Mexican clubs and the unprofitable nature of the league. As a result, the Mexican teams that finished high in the league standings could not afford to compete in continental competitions such as the Copa Libertadores.

Boom in the Mexican League

The 1970 World Cup held in Mexico was the first widely televised World Cup. The season after the FIFA World Cup, the F.M.F. He changed the league format and established a playoff stage to determine the national champion. This was done to re-create interest and reward teams that were pretty high up the leaderboard.

The playoffs, known as the Liguilla, were played using different formats to determine the champion. The most common format was a straight knockout between the top eight teams in the table. At other times, the league was divided into groups with the top two teams in each group, often the best third-placed team, qualifying for the playoffs, and in some seasons the playoffs themselves included the teams who finished the group. play in a group with The winners play for the title. The format was changed from season to season to accommodate international club commitments and the Mexican national team schedule.

The rule change affected teams that had traditionally dominated the table, as talented teams that had not performed well in the regular season were able to perform successfully in the playoffs (Cruz Azul in the 1970s, the United States in the 1980s and Toluca in the 1980s). years 2000).

MX Liga League

Before the start of the 2012-13 season, Liga MX/Ascenso MX was created to replace the Mexican Football Federation as the organizing body for the competition. The league also announced a rebranding with the introduction of a new logo.

On August 20, 2018, it was announced that Liga MX would begin testing the use of video assistant referee technology. An initial test will be conducted during U-20 matches played inside the Major League stadium, with live testing at Liga MX Mayor matches during Weeks 13 and 14 of the Apertura tournament. However, the league will need final approval from FIFA to fully implement the technology.

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