|Founded||23 August 1927|
|President||Yon 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 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, 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Club León is a Mexican professional football club based in the city of León, Guanajuato, Mexico.
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.
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,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.
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.
In September 2012, former Federación President Justino Compeán confirmed plans to bid.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. 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.
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In September 2019, the MFF launched a campaign to end homophobic slurs during matches.
Club Atlético Monarcas Morelia is a Mexican professional football club based in Morelia, Michoacán, playing in Liga MX. The team is owned by Grupo Salinas and plays its home games in Estadio Morelos.
Luis Gabriel Rey Villamizar is a Colombian former professional footballer who last played for Liga MX club Monarcas Morelia on loan from Club América.
Jafet Soto Molina, is a Costa Rican football (soccer) coach, general manager and retired player who played for Club Sport Herediano.
Enrique Meza Enríquez is the current manager for Veracruz. Prior to pursuing a career in coaching, he was a goalkeeper for Cruz Azul during their dynasty of the 1970s, albeit a backup to legendary goalkeeper Miguel Marín. He retired in 1976 and is one of the most successful managers of the professional era of the Liga MX.
Joel Adrián Huiqui Andrade is a former Mexican football player who last played professionally for the United Soccer League team Las Vegas Lights. His paternal surname is of Mayo origin.
Luis Fernando Tena Garduño is a Mexican football coach.
Adrián Aldrete is a Mexican footballer, who plays as a midfielder for Cruz Azul in Liga MX. He was on the Mexico national team that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2005, considered the "Generación Dorada" of Mexico's footballers.
José Maria Cárdenas López is a former Mexican footballer. He previously played for Atlante, Pachuca, Santos Laguna, and Monarcas Morelia, before transferring to León.
David Patiño is a retired Mexican football forward. He obtained a total number of 28 caps for the Selección de fútbol de México between 1993 and 1996, and was a squad member at the 1993 Copa América. He made his debut on 10 February 1993.
José Alfredo Peñaloza Soto is one of five Mexican football referees who have been born and raised in the capital of the Mexican republic. He has been a football professional referee since 2001.
Alan Pulido Izaguirre is a Mexican professional footballer who plays for Liga MX club Guadalajara and the Mexico national team.
Francisco Chacón Gutiérrez is a former Mexican football referee qualified by FIFA to officiate international matches.
The 2013–14 Liga MX season was the 67th professional top-flight football league season in Mexico. The season was split into two competitions: the Torneo Apertura and the Torneo Clausura; each of identical format and contested by the same eighteen teams.
Érick Aguirre is a Mexican professional footballer who can play as a right back and midfielder for Pachuca.
Ernest Nungaray Arce is an American footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Ayacucho FC.
The Clausura 2017 Copa MX Final was the final of the Clausura 2017 Copa MX, the tenth edition of the Copa MX under its current format and 77th overall organized by the Mexican Football Federation, the governing body of association football in Mexico.
The Liga BBVA MX Femenil is the highest division of women's football in Mexico. Supervised by the Mexican Football Federation, this professional league has 19 teams, each coinciding with a Liga MX squad. Following the same schedule as the men's league, each season has two halves: an apertura tournament, which takes place from July to December, and a clausura tournament, which takes place from January to May. The league's first official competitions took place in May 2017 via the Copa MX Femenil, while the inaugural season began in July 2017. Liga MX CEO Enrique Bonilla stated the league was created in order to nurture the stars of the Mexico women's national football team and build an infrastructure for women's soccer nationwide.