Mexican Football Federation

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Mexican Football Federation
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Founded23 August 1927;92 years ago (1927-08-23)
FIFA affiliation1929
CONCACAF affiliation1961 [1]
PresidentYon de Luisa

The Mexican Football Federation (Femexfut or FMF, Spanish : Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C.) is the governing body of association football in Mexico. It administers the Mexico national team, the Liga MX and all affiliated amateur sectors, and controls promoting, organizing, directing, expanding, and supervising competitive football in Mexico.

Spanish language Romance language

Spanish or Castilian, is a Romance language that originated in the Iberian Peninsula and today has over 450 million native speakers in Spain and in the Americas. It is a global language and the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Mexico Country in the southern portion of North America

Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2,000,000 square kilometers (770,000 sq mi), the nation is the fourth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world. With an estimated population of over 129 million people, Mexico is the tenth most populous country and the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world, while being the second most populous nation in Latin America after Brazil. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states plus Mexico City (CDMX), which is the capital city and its most populous city. Other metropolises in the country include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana, and León.


The Federación has three operational centres: the Central Office, the High Performance Centre (Centro de Alto Rendimiento, CAR) and the Training Centre (Centro de Capacitación, CECAP).

FEMEXFUT is a member of the CONCACAF and FIFA, and is subject to policies, statutes, objectives and ideals of those international play football governing bodies.

CONCACAF International sport governing body

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football is one of FIFA's 6 continental governing bodies for association football. Its 41 members include nations and territories in North America, including Central America and the Caribbean. Three geographically South American entities are also members — Guyana, Suriname, and the French overseas department of French Guiana and Martinique. CONCACAF's primary functions are to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct World Cup and Women's World Cup qualifying tournaments.

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.

The Federación was established on 23 August 1927 under the inaugural president Humberto Garza Ramos. In 1929, FIFA affiliation was established; CONCACAF affiliation was established in 1961.


Former headquarters in Mexico City Federacion Mexicana de Futbol.jpg
Former headquarters in Mexico City

The governing body of the Federación is the General Assembly that conforms with the participation of the Liga MX with 55% of the votes; Ascenso MX with 5%; Liga Premier, with 18%; Tercera División, with 13%, and the Amateur sector, with 9%. The executive and administrative body is the National Council, which comprises five members, one from each of the divisions mentioned, and are elected every four years. [2]


The league is composed of four professional divisions: Liga MX, Ascenso MX, Liga Premier, and Tercera División. The Liga MX Femenil is the top-tier of women's football in Mexico.

Liga MX top tier of the Mexican football league system

The Liga MX is the top tier of the Mexican football league system. Currently sponsored by BBVA through its Mexican subsidiary BBVA México, it is officially known as Liga BBVA MX.

Ascenso MX second tier of the football pyramid of professional football league in Mexico

Ascenso MX is the second tier of professional football in Mexico of the Mexican football league system. The champion of the competition is promoted to Liga MX. The bottom team is relegated to Liga Premier. It is currently sponsored by BBVA through its Mexican subsidiary BBVA Bancomer, and thus officially known as Ascenso BBVA MX.

Liga Premier de México third tier of the football pyramid of professional football league in Mexico

The Liga Premier is the third tier of football in Mexico within the Mexican football league system that governs Serie A and Serie B leagues/group competitions. They compete from the fall to spring each season, promotion and relegation between each group, and promotion to Ascenso MX and relegation to Liga TDP within the league system.


Multi-team ownership issue

The issue of multi-team ownership has been a highly debated one within the owners of the professional football clubs and the Femexfut. Of 34 clubs in the top two tiers, about half of the teams are owned by five groups: Grupo Pachuca (León, Pachuca, Mineros de Zacatecas, Tlaxcala), Grupo Salinas (Atlas, Monarcas Morelia), Grupo Caliente (Tijuana, Dorados de Sinaloa, Cafetaleros de Tapachula) and Orlegi Deportes (Santos Laguna, Tampico Madero). Of those groups that own more than one team, that ownership is usually split between the top two tiers of the league and act as a form of player development. [3]

Club León Mexican professional football club

Club León is a Mexican professional football club based in the city of León, Guanajuato, Mexico.

C.F. Pachuca Mexican football club

Club de Fútbol Pachuca is a Mexican professional football team based in Pachuca, Hidalgo, that competes in Liga MX. Founded by Cornish miners in 1901, it is one of the oldest football clubs in the Americas. After decades of mediocre or poor performances between the 1st and 2nd division, Pachuca was promoted once again to the Primera División in 1998. Since then, it has been one of the most successful clubs in Mexico, winning six national championships, four CONCACAF Champions' Cups, the 2007 SuperLiga, and one Copa Sudamericana. In 2006, Pachuca became the first CONCACAF team to win a CONMEBOL tournament. Pachuca was one of the founding members of the Mexican Primera División.

Mineros de Zacatecas Mexican football club

Club Deportivo Mineros de Zacatecas is a Mexican football club from Zacatecas that compete in the Mexican Ascenso MX. They are currently managed by Andrés Carevic.

In May 2013, the Liga MX club owners approved banning a person or company from owning more than one team. The issue came to fore when rumor was that Carlos Slim, whose telecommunications company América Móvil owns a 30% stake in Grupo Pachuca, [4] sought to acquire Guadalajara; he would refute the speculation. The ban applied to future acquisitions, not the then current team ownership, and did not require the sale of teams in excess of the one team limitation. [5]

The issue reemerged in November 2013 when TV Azteca, owner of Monarcas Morelia, paid out 124 shareholders of Club Atlas US$50 million to acquire the club, which for years had been struggling financially. [6]

2026 World Cup Bid

In September 2012, former Federación President Justino Compeán confirmed plans to bid. [7] On March 4, 2016, Federación President Decio De Maria announced continued interest after the new FIFA president Gianni Infantino was elected in the wake of the Garcia Report corruption scandal. [8] In April 2017, the Federación, with Canada Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation, announced a joint bid to host the World Cup. It was awarded on June 13, 2018; 134 votes versus the Morocco bid by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation with 65 votes. Mexico will host 10 matches, Canada 3 matches, and the United States 60 matches in 10 cities including the final. The shortlist of match cities will be selected by June 2020.


In September 2019, the MFF launched a campaign to end homophobic slurs during matches. [9]

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