The Liga MX, officially known as the Liga BBVA MX for sponsorship reasons,[6] is the top professional football division in Mexico. Formerly known as the Primera División de México (Mexican First Division), it is contested by 18 clubs and is divided into two tournaments – "Apertura" and "Clausura"– which typically run from July to December (the former) and January to May (the latter). The champion of each tournament is decided via a playoff ("Liguilla") system. Since 2020, promotion and relegation has been suspended, which is to last until 2026.

Liga MX
Liga MX.svg
Organising bodyMexican Football Federation
Founded17 October 1943; 79 years ago (1943-10-17), as Primera División
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)
International cup(s)
Current championsPachuca (7th title)
(Apertura 2022)
Most championshipsAmérica (13 titles)
Most appearancesÓscar Pérez (745)
Top goalscorerEvanivaldo Castro
TV partnersDomestic
Fox Sports[3]
TV Azteca[5]
OneFootball (Selected matches in selected markets outside of Mexico)
Current: Clausura 2023 Liga MX season

According to the IFFHS, Liga MX was ranked as the 10th strongest league in the first decade of the 21st century.[7] According to CONCACAF, the league – with an average attendance of 25,557 during the 2014–15 season – draws the largest crowds on average of any football league in the Americas and the third largest crowds of any professional sports league in North America, behind only the National Football League and Major League Baseball, and ahead of the Canadian Football League.[8] It is also the fourth most attended football league in the world behind Germany's Bundesliga, England's Premier League and Spain's La Liga.[9] The Liga MX ranks second in terms of television viewership in the United States, behind the English Premier League.[10]

Club América has won the league a record 13 times, followed by Guadalajara with 12 titles. In all, twenty-four teams have won the Primera División/Liga MX title at least once.


Amateur eraEdit

Prior to the Liga Mayor, there was no national football league in Mexico, and football competitions were held within relatively small geographical regions. The winners of the Primera Fuerza, a local league consisting of teams near and around Mexico City, was regarded as the then national competition although there were other regional leagues, such as in Veracruz, Liga Amateur de Puebla the Jalisco and the Liga Amateur del Bajío|Bajío that had talented clubs. Many club owners were keen to remain amateur although they paid players under the table. The increasing interest in football would not thwart a unified professional football system in Mexico. The professional national league was established in 1943.[11]

Professional eraEdit

The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación (F.M.F.) announcement of the nation's first professional league brought interest from many clubs to join. The F.M.F. announced that 10 clubs would form the Liga Mayor (Major League). The league was founded by six clubs from the Primera Fuerza of Mexico City, two clubs from the Liga Occidental, and two from the Liga Veracruzana.

Founding membersEdit

Club Asturias in 1927.
Primera Fuerza: América, Asturias, Atlante, Veracruz, Necaxa, and Marte.
Liga Occidental De Jalisco: Atlas and Guadalajara.
Liga Amateur de Veracruz: ADO and Moctezuma.


Throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, many small clubs faced economic difficulties which were attributed to the lack of international competition by Mexico's clubs and an unrewarding league format. Consequently, teams from Mexico that placed high in the league standings could not afford to participate in the overarching continental competitions, such as the Copa Libertadores.

The Mexican league boomEdit

The 1970 World Cup held in Mexico was the first World Cup televised on a grand scale. The season following the FIFA World Cup, the F.M.F. changed the league format and established a playoff phase to determine the national champion. This was done to regenerate interest and reward teams that placed fairly high in the standings.

The play-off, called the Liguilla, was played using various formats to determine the champion. The most common format was a straight knock-out between the top eight teams in the table. At other times the league was divided into groups with the top two in each group, often as well as the best 3rd placed teams, qualifying for the play-offs and in some seasons the play-offs themselves involved teams playing in groups with the group winners playing off for the title. The format was changed from season to season to accommodate international club commitments and the schedule of the Mexico national team.

The change in the rules affected teams that traditionally dominated the table, as talented teams that had not performed well in the regular season were able to perform successfully in the play-offs (Cruz Azul in the 1970s, América in the 1980s, and Toluca in the 2000s).

Liga MXEdit

Prior to the start of the 2012–13 season, the organization Liga MX / Ascenso MX was created to replace the Mexican Football Federation as the organizing body of the competition. The league also announced a rebranding, with the introduction of a new logo.[12]

On 20 August 2018, it was announced that Liga MX would begin testing the use of video assistant referee technology.[13] The initial test run will be conducted during under-20 matches played inside senior league stadiums, with live testing across senior Liga MX matches to take place during weeks 13 and 14 of the Apertura tournament. The league will, however, still need final approval from FIFA to fully implement the technology.[14]

Competition formatEdit

Regular season tournamentsEdit

Liga MX Trophy

Liga MX uses a single table of 18 teams that play two annual tournaments resulting in two champions per season. The season opens with the apertura tournament (opening tournament- running from July to December) followed by the clausura (closing – running from January to May). This format matches other Latin American schedules and corresponds with FIFA's world footballing calendar, which "opens" in July/August and "closes" in April/May of the next year. The top 12 teams advance to the liguilla for each tournament, with the top 4 teams in the table at the end of the regular phase of the tournament qualifying directly to the liguilla, and the next 8 teams qualifying for the play-in round that determines the next 4 liguilla spots. If one team is in last place in the league's relegation table (see below), that team is replaced by the team that finished 13th in the tournament.

From 1996 to 2002, the league followed a two-tournament schedule with invierno (winter) and verano (summer) tournaments but from 2002 to 2011 the 18 teams were divided into three groups of six with the top two teams from each group and the two best third place teams qualified for the liguilla. The teams played in the same group for each tournament. The qualification phase of the tournament lasted 17 weeks, with all teams playing each other once per tournament in a home and away series over both tournaments.

Playoffs (liguilla)Edit

The liguilla (Spanish for "little league") is the play-off phase of the tournament. This phase starts with the qualifying round, with teams ranked 5–12 playing a single match hosted by the higher seed with the winner decided on the night. After this round, the four qualifying round advances to the quarterfinals against the 4 bye teams with the winner on aggregate-score progressing. The Champion team is awarded the First division trophy, and the runner up is awarded a smaller version of the trophy. The birth of La liguilla in 1970 modernized the league despite the disagreements between the traditionalists and the modernists. Clubs that were near bankruptcy were now better able to compete and generate profits.


Originally at the end of a season, after the Apertura and Clausura tournaments, one team is relegated to the next lower division, Ascenso MX, and one team from that division is promoted and takes the place left open by the relegated team. Currently, the relegated team is determined by computing the points-per-game-played ratio for each team, considering all the games played by the team during the last three seasons (six tournaments). The team with the lowest ratio is relegated; if the team that is in last place in the relegation table is among the 12 teams qualifying for the Liguilla at the end of the Clausura tournament, the 13th place team qualifies for the Liguilla instead. For teams recently promoted, only the games played since their promotion are considered (two or four tournaments). The team promoted from Ascenso MX is the winner of a two-leg match between the champions of the Apertura and Clausura tournaments of that division. If a team becomes the champion in both tournaments, it is automatically promoted.

Prior to the start of the 2017–18 season, the rules for relegation and promotion changed: if a team wins promotion but does not meet certain Liga MX requirements (e.g. stadium infrastructure and a youth team) the relegated Liga MX team of that season will be obligated to pay the prize money to the Ascenso MX team (MXN$120 million) for winning the promotion playoff, which should be utilized to fulfill necessary requirements for promotion within the next season, and remain in Ascenso MX,[15] and the relegated Liga MX team will remain in the first division. However, if the relegated Liga MX team cannot distribute the prize money to the promoted Ascenso MX team, both teams will lose their right to play in Liga MX and must play in Ascenso MX the following season.[16]

As of the 2018–19 season, only six teams met the full requirements to be promoted to Liga MX, those teams being Atlético San Luis, Atlante, Celaya, Juárez, Sinaloa, and UdeG.[17]

On April 16, 2020, the Ascenso MX, the 2nd division of the Mexican football league system, was folded due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic as well as the lack of financial resources. Liga MX President Enrique Bonilla later announced during a video meeting with the club owners of the league that promotion and relegation would be suspended for six years.[18][19] During the suspension, the Ascenso MX was replaced with the Liga de Expansión MX although no club from that league will be promoted to the Liga MX nor any Liga MX team that performs poorly will be relegated from the Liga MX for the time being.[20]

CONCACAF Champions League qualificationEdit

Each year, four teams from Liga MX qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League, the premier North American club competition. Generally, the Apertura and Clausura champions and the Apertura and Clausura runners-up qualify and are placed in Pot 3. Should one or more teams reach the finals of both tournaments, Liga MX has implemented a formula for ensuring that two teams that qualify via the Apertura and two teams qualify via the Clausura:[21]

  • If the same two teams qualify for the finals of both tournaments, those two teams will qualify along with the non-finalists with the best record in both the Apertura and Clausura.
  • If the same team wins both the Apertura and the Clausura (facing two different teams in the finals of each tournament), then the berth reserved for the Clausura champions is passed to the Clausura runners-up and the berth reserved for the Clausura runners-up is passed to the non-finalists with the best record in the Clausura. This occurred most recently in the 2013–14 season (2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League) when León (2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura champions) and Pachuca (2014 Clausura runners-up) were placed in Pot A, while América (2013 Apertura runners-up) and Cruz Azul (non-finalists with the best record in the 2014 Clausura) were placed in Pot B (at the time, the champions and runners-up were placed in different pots).
  • If the Apertura runners-up win the Clausura (facing two different teams in the finals of each tournament), then the berth reserved for the Apertura runners-up is passed to the non-finalists with the best record in the Apertura. This occurred most recently in the 2011–12 season (2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League) when UANL (2011 Apertura champions) and Santos Laguna (2011 Apertura runners-up and 2012 Clausura champions) were placed in Pot A, while Guadalajara (non-finalists with the best record in the 2011 Apertura) and Monterrey (2012 Clausura runners-up) were placed in Pot B (again, at the time, the champions and runners-up were placed in different pots).
  • If the Apertura champions are runners-up of the Clausura (facing two different teams in the finals of each tournament), then the berth reserved for the Clausura runners-up is passed to the non-finalists with the best record in the Clausura. This has not happened since Liga MX began using this qualification procedure.

Previous Qualification TournamentsEdit

Clubs and championsEdit

2022–23 seasonEdit

The following 18 clubs will compete in the Liga MX during the 2022–23 season.

Team Position in
First season in
top division
in top
First season of
current spell in
top division
in Liga MX
Last top
division title
América 2 1943–44 103 1943–44 103 13 Apertura 2018
Atlas 3 1943–44 105 1979–80 71 3 Clausura 2022
Atlético San Luis 12 2019–20 7 2019–20 7 0 -
Cruz Azul 7 1964–65 87 1964–65 87 9 Guardianes 2021
Guadalajara 9 1943–44 103 1943–44 103 12 Clausura 2017
Juárez 18 2019–20 7 2019–20 7 0 -
León 6 1944–45 84 2012–13 21 8 Guardianes 2020
Mazatlán 15 2020–21 5 2020–21 5 0 -
Monterrey 8 1945–46 93 1960–61 91 5 Apertura 2019
Necaxa 13 1951-52 78 2016–17 13 3 Invierno 1998
Pachuca 4 1967–68 59 1998–99 49 7 Apertura 2022
Puebla 5 1944–45 88 2007–08 31 2 1989–90
Querétaro 16 1990–91 37 2009–10 27 0 -
Santos Laguna 6 1988–89 61 1988–89 61 6 Clausura 2018
Tijuana 10 2011–12 23 2011–12 23 1 Apertura 2012
Toluca 14 1953–54 98 1953–54 98 10 Bicentenario 2010
UANL 1 1974–75 74 1997–98 51 7 Clausura 2019
UNAM 11 1962–63 89 1962–63 89 7 Clausura 2011


Bold indicates clubs currently playing in Liga MX.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years
América 13 6 1965–66, 1970–71, 1975–76, 1983–84, 1984–85, Prode '85, 1987–88, 1988–89, Verano 2002, Clausura 2005, Clausura 2013, Apertura 2014, Apertura 2018
Guadalajara 12 9 1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1969–70, 1986–87, Verano 1997, Apertura 2006, Clausura 2017
Toluca 10 8 1966–67, 1967–68, 1974–75, Verano 1998, Verano 1999, Verano 2000, Apertura 2002, Apertura 2005, Apertura 2008, Bicentenario 2010
Cruz Azul 9 11 1968–69, Mexico '70, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1979–80, Invierno 1997, Guardianes 2021
León 8 7 1947–48, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1991–92, Apertura 2013, Clausura 2014, Guardianes 2020
UNAM 7 8 1976–77, 1980–81, 1990–91, Clausura 2004, Apertura 2004, Clausura 2009, Clausura 2011
UANL 7 5 1977–78, 1981–82, Apertura 2011, Apertura 2015, Apertura 2016, Apertura 2017, Clausura 2019
Pachuca 7 3 Invierno 1999, Invierno 2001, Apertura 2003, Clausura 2006, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2016, Apertura 2022
Santos Laguna 6 5 Invierno 1996, Verano 2001, Clausura 2008, Clausura 2012, Clausura 2015, Clausura 2018
Monterrey 5 6 Mexico '86, Clausura 2003, Apertura 2009, Apertura 2010, Apertura 2019
Atlante 3 4 1946–47, 1992–93, Apertura 2007
Necaxa 3 3 1994–95, 1995–96, Invierno 1998
Atlas 3 3 1950–51, Apertura 2021, Clausura 2022
Puebla 2 2 1982–83, 1989–90
Zacatepec 2 1 1954–55, 1957–58
Veracruz 2 0 1945–46, 1949–50
Oro 1 5 1962–63
Morelia 1 3 Invierno 2000
Tampico 1 2 1952–53
Tecos 1 1 1993–94
Real España 1 1 1944–45
Tijuana 1 0 Apertura 2012
Asturias 1 0 1943–44
Marte 1 0 1953–54

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Location of the 2022–23 Liga MX teams in Greater Mexico City
Club Location Stadium Capacity Ref
América Mexico City Azteca 87,000 [22]
Atlas Guadalajara Jalisco 56,713 [23]
Atlético San Luis San Luis Potosí City Alfonso Lastras 25,111
Cruz Azul Mexico City Azteca 87,000 [22]
Guadalajara Zapopan Akron 45,364 [24]
Juárez Ciudad Juárez Olímpico Benito Juárez 19,703 [25]
León León León 31,297 [26]
Mazatlán Mazatlán Mazatlán 25,000 [27]
Monterrey Guadalupe BBVA 53,500 [28]
Necaxa Aguascalientes City Victoria 25,500 [29]
Pachuca Pachuca Hidalgo 30,000 [30]
Puebla Puebla City Cuauhtémoc 51,726 [31]
Querétaro Querétaro City Corregidora 33,162 [32]
Santos Laguna Torreón Corona 30,000 [33]
Tijuana Tijuana Caliente 27,333 [34]
Toluca Toluca Nemesio Díez 30,000 [35]
UANL San Nicolás de los Garza Universitario 42,000 [36]
UNAM Mexico City Olímpico Universitario 72,000 [37][38]

Media coverageEdit

All First Division clubs have the right to sell their own broadcast rights. Televisa, TV Azteca, Imagen Televisión, Claro Sports, Fox Sports, and ESPN have broadcasting rights in México, while ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, Univision, and Telemundo have the rights in the United States, with FS1/FS2 airing select matches with English commentary.

In previous years, when a team was relegated, the team that was promoted could only negotiate with the company holding the television rights of the relegated team. This agreement was canceled by Liga MX in 2012 when the promotion of Club León caused a television rights dispute with Televisa.[39] Currently, Club León matches are broadcast in Mexico by Fox Sports and other online media sites, and in the United States by Univision (Telemundo from 2013–16).[40]

Telelatino and Fox Sports World formerly hold broadcasting rights in Canada. From 2019–20 until 2021–22, OneSoccer broadcast the league for Canada viewers.[41][42]

Fox Sports is the only network that holds rights to broadcast selected matches in United States and South America.

Additionally, Televisa-owned networks Sky Sports and TUDN hold exclusive broadcasting rights over selected matches throughout the regular season, although the majority of the most important ones are broadcast live on the national networks. The coverage also available for Central America viewers.

Most of the Saturday afternoon and evening matches broadcast by Televisa are shown primarily on Gala TV, though Saturday games played by Televisa's club America, are broadcast on Televisa's flagship network, Canal de las Estrellas. However, a blackout policy is usually applied in selected markets where affiliates are forced to air alternate programming during the matches, Sunday noon and afternoon games broadcast by Televisa are shown on Canal de las Estrellas. All of the games broadcast by TV Azteca on Saturday and Sunday are shown on Azteca 13; Friday's matches however are shown on Azteca 7. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (known in Mexico as Fecha Doble or Double Date) matches picked by the national networks are shown on Canal 5 and Azteca 7 and the rest of the matches air on Sky Sports and TDN.

A recent rule, in effect since 2011, requires teams to play the final game of every season on Sunday during prime time, regardless of whether the team used to play local games in another timeslot, in order to capture more television audience during the game. This also prevents most playoff collusion, where one or both teams already in the liguilla put in lesser effort to lose or draw, in order to draw a more favorable opponent.

For the Apertura 2016, and the majority of the Clausura 2017, Guadalajara home matches in Mexico were not shown on over-the-air television or cable and satellite operators. Instead, they were exclusively shown on an internet streaming service called Chivas TV. As of April 8, 2017, the matches are shown on both Televisa's Televisa Deportes Network (TDN) and Chivas TV.

On February 13, 2017, it was announced Univision Deportes would live stream 46 games in English on Facebook in the United States.[43]

After the Clausura 2017 season, Azteca América sold the rights of the Atlas, Morelia, Tijuana, and Veracruz matches to Univision. The network then held the rights of 17 of the 18 clubs, only missing recently promoted Lobos BUAP. In September 2017, Univision began airing Lobos BUAP's home matches, thus holding the rights to all 18 Liga MX teams through the end of the Clausura 2018 season.

In July 2017, Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN) announced it would show Liga MX matches involving Chilean players in Chile.[44]

In October 2017, Fox Sports announced that it acquired the long-term exclusive Spanish-language rights to Tijuana and Santos Laguna home matches in the United States, Mexico, and the rest of Latin America starting in the Apertura 2018 and Apertura 2019 respectively, thus ending Univision's monopoly.[45] The matches air on Fox Sports in the United States (via Fox Deportes) and the rest of Latin America (including Mexico and excluding Brazil).[45]

On May 26, 2018, Fox Sports announced it acquired the rights of C.F. Monterrey's home matches in the United States and Latin America.[46] The network announced the matches would be shown in the United States on Fox Deportes in Spanish as well as the Fox Sports family of networks in English.[46]

As of the Apertura 2019 season, via a sublicense agreement with Univision, ESPN Deportes airs the majority of León, Necaxa, Pachuca, Querétaro, and UANL regular season home matches in the United States. The network also airs at least one home match of nine other clubs.[47] Televisa also sublicenses one match per week to ESPN in Mexico and Central America.[48]

In Brazil, DAZN broadcast the league for two seasons 2019–20 and 2020–21.[49]

On 15 July, 2021, OneFootball announced it would broadcast between two and five live matches as part of a deal covering the 2021/22 Liga MX season in selected international markets.[50]

On 16 August, 2021, Eleven Sports announced it would broadcast the home Liga MX matches of C.D. Guadalajara for the 2021-22 season in more than 100 countries.[51]

Broadcast rightsEdit

Team Television Streaming
Mexico[52] United States[53][54][55][56] Mexico United States
América Televisa Univision Vix Vix
Atlas Televisa[Note 5]
TV Azteca[Note 5]
Vix Vix
Atlético San Luis ESPN Star+ Vix
Cruz Azul Televisa Vix Vix
Guadalajara Televisa[Note 5]
TV Azteca[Note 5]
Telemundo Chivas TV[Note 1]
Juárez Fox Sports Fox Sports[Note 2]
ESPN[Note 3]
Fox Sports Premium ESPN+
León Claro
Fox Sports
Univision Fox Sports Premium
Mazatlán ESPN
TV Azteca
Star+ Vix
Monterrey Fox Sports
TV Azteca
Fox Sports[Note 2]
ESPN[Note 3]
Fox Sports Premium ESPN+
Necaxa Televisa Univision Vix Vix
Pachuca Claro
Fox Sports
Fox Sports Premium
Puebla ESPN
TV Azteca
Star+ Vix
Querétaro Fox Sports Fox Sports Premium Vix
Santos Laguna Televisa[Note 5]
TV Azteca[Note 5]
Fox Sports[Note 2]
ESPN[Note 3]
Tijuana Fox Sports
TV Azteca
Fox Sports Premium
Toluca Televisa Univision Vix Vix
UANL Televisa Vix Vix
UNAM Televisa Vix Vix
  1. ^
    For the Apertura 2016 and the majority of the Clausura 2017, Guadalajara home matches in Mexico were not shown on over-the-air television or cable and satellite operators, instead they exclusively were shown on an internet streaming service called Chivas TV. As of April 8, 2017, the matches are shown on both Televisa's TUDN and Chivas TV.
  2. ^
    Matches are shown on Fox Deportes in Spanish as well as the Fox Sports family of networks (FS1, FS2, Fox Soccer Plus) in English.
  3. ^
    Select matches are sublicensed to ESPN and are aired on ESPN Deportes and streamed on ESPN+.
  4. ^
    Select matches air exclusively on Izzi and a select number of matches air on TV Azteca and Televisa's over-the-air networks.


BBVA México is the league's current title sponsor after the 2019 rebranding of BBVA Bancomer.

Up until its rebranding in 2012, the Liga MX did not have a title sponsor. In July 2013, league president Decio de María announced BBVA Bancomer as the official sponsor, with the goal of modernizing the league's image. De María also stated that the money generated from the sponsorship would be divided among the 18 clubs and to be invested in each club's youth teams.[57] On 18 September 2015, the sponsorship deal was extended until 2019.[58] On 18 June 2019, the league was renamed as Liga BBVA MX, adopting the new identity of the sponsor.[59] On 4 July 2019, the sponsorship contract with BBVA was renewed until 2021.[60]

Since 1986, Voit has been the official match ball manufacturer. In 2014, the contract was extended for four years.[61]


The current managers in the Liga MX are:

Nat. Name Team Appointed Time as manager
  Ignacio Ambríz Toluca 1 December 2021 1 year, 118 days
  Guillermo Almada Pachuca 2 December 2021 1 year, 117 days
  André Jardine Atlético San Luis 3 February 2022 1 year, 54 days
  Eduardo Fentanes Santos Laguna 24 February 2022 1 year, 33 days
  Víctor Manuel Vucetich Monterrey 2 March 2022 1 year, 27 days
  Fernando Ortiz América 3 March 2022 1 year, 26 days
  Hernán Cristante Juárez 26 May 2022 307 days
  Mauro Gerk Querétaro 30 May 2022 303 days
  Benjamín Mora Atlas 6 October 2022 174 days
  Veljko Paunović Guadalajara 31 October 2022 149 days
  Andrés Lillini Necaxa 4 November 2022 145 days
  Eduardo Arce Puebla 18 November 2022 131 days
  Nicolás Larcamón León 30 November 2022 119 days
  Rubén Omar Romano Mazatlán 6 February 2023 51 days
  Marco Antonio Ruiz UANL 9 February 2023 48 days
  Miguel Herrera Tijuana 10 February 2023 47 days
  Ricardo Ferretti Cruz Azul 22 February 2023 35 days
  Raúl Alpizar (Interim) UNAM 21 March 2023 8 days

Player recordsEdit

Most appearancesEdit

Rank Player Appearances
1   Óscar Pérez 741
2   Oswaldo Sánchez 725
3   Benjamín Galindo 700
4   Juan Pablo Rodríguez 685
5   Jesús Corona 650
6   Rodrigo Ruiz 638
7   Adolfo Ríos 635
8   Miguel España 631
9   Alfonso Sosa 610
10   Cristóbal Ortega 609
Italics denotes players still playing professional football.
Bold denotes players still playing in the Liga MX.

Most goalsEdit

Rank Nat Name Years Goals Apps Ratio
1   Evanivaldo Castro 1974–1987 312 427 0.73
2   Carlos Hermosillo 1984–2001 294 539 0.55
3   Jared Borgetti 1994–2010 252 475 0.63
4   José Cardozo 1994–2005 249 332 0.75
5   Horacio Casarín 1936–1957 238 326 0.73
6   Osvaldo Castro 1971–1984 214 398 0.54
7   Luís Roberto Alves 1986–2003 209 577 0.36
8   Adalberto López 1942–1955 201 231 0.87
9   Carlos Eloir Perucci 1972–1984 199 398 0.5
10   Sergio Lira 1978–1996 191 564 0.34
Italics denotes players still playing professional football.
Bold denotes players still playing in the Liga MX.

Promotion and relegationEdit

Relegation and Promotion by Club
Club Promotions Relegations
Zacatepec 5 (1950–51, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1977–78, 1983–84) 5 (1961–62, 1965–66, 1976–77, 1982–83, 1984–85)
Querétaro 4 (México '86, 1989–90, 2005–06, 2009–10) 3 (1993–94, 2006–07, 2012–13*)
Pachuca 4 (1966–67, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98) 3 (1972–73, 1992–93, 1996–97)
Irapuato 4 (1953–54, 1984–85, 1999–00*, 2002–03) 2 (1971–72, 1990–91)
Atlas 3 (1954–55, 1971–72, 1978–79) 3 (1953–54, 1970–71, 1977–78)
San Luis 3 (1970–71, 2001–02, 2004–05) 2 (1973–74, 2002–03)
Puebla 3 (1969–70, 1998–99, 2006–07) 2 (1998–99, 2004–05)
Unión de Curtidores 2 (1982–83, 1998–99*) 2 (1980–81, 1983–84)
Veracruz 2 (1963–64, 2001–02) 5 (1951–52, 1978–79, 1997–98, 2007–08, 2018–19)
Real Zamora 2 (1954–55, 1956–57) 2 (1955–56, 1959–60)
Tampico Madero 2 (1964–65, 1972–73) 2 (1966–67, 1974–75)
Atlante 2 (1976–77, 1990–91) 3 (1975–76, 1989–90, 2013–14)
Monterrey 2 (1955–56,1959–60) 1 (1956–57)
Morelia 2 (1956–57, 1980–81) 1 (1967–68)
UANL 2 (1973–74, 1996–97*) 1 (1995–96)
León 2 (1989–90, 2011–12) 2 (1986–87, 2001–02)
Sinaloa 2 (2003–04, 2014–15) 2 (2005–06, 2015–16)
La Piedad 2 (2000–01, 2012–13*)
Necaxa 2 (2009–10*, 2015–16) 2 (2008–09, 2010–11)
UAT 1 (1986–87) 1 (1994–95)
Atlético Potosino 1 (1974–75) 1 (1988–89)
Indios de Ciudad Juárez 1 (2007–08) 1 (2009–10)
Toros Neza 1 (1988–89) 1 (1999–00)
Tecos 1 (1974–75) 1 (2011–12)
Tijuana 1 (2010–11)
UdeG 1 (2013–14) 1 (2014–15)
BUAP 1 (2016–17) 1 (2017–18*)
Oro 1 (1979–80)
Chiapas 1 (2016–17)
Tapachula 1 (2017–18*)
Atlético San Luis 1 (2018–19*)


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ includes Claro Sports
  2. ^ includes ESPN 2
  3. ^ includes Fox Sports 2
  4. ^ Includes Canal 5, Nueve, Las Estrellas, Sky México, TUDN and Izzi Telecom
  5. ^ includes Azteca 7 and Azteca Uno
  6. ^ "Liga MX hace oficial su cambio de nombre y logo". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). 18 June 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  7. ^ "The strongest Leagues in the World in the first Decade of 21st Century". IFFHS. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  8. ^ "A quick primer on Mexico's Liga MX". Media Life Magazine. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
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