Ascenso MX

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Ascenso MX
Ascenso MX 2.svg
Country Mexico
Founded 1994
Number of teams 14
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to Liga MX
Relegation to Segunda División
Domestic cup(s) Copa MX
Current champions Tecos (1st Title)
(Clausura 2014)
Most championships León
Irapuato
(4 titles)
TV partners TVC Deportes
AYM Sports
TV Azteca
SKY México
Website Official site
2014-2015

Ascenso MX (Promotion MX) is the second professional level of the Mexican football league system.[1] The champion of the competition is promoted to Liga MX (top-flight division). The bottom team gets relegated to Segunda División de México (the third tier).

Formerly known as Primera División A (First Division A) the league changed its name and competition format in 2009 to Liga de Ascenso. It was rebranded as Ascenso MX in 2012. The main changes are that clubs now do not need a FMF certification to get promoted and that the competition doesn't use group stages.

History[edit]

In 1994, in order to create a premier league, the Mexican Football Federation decided to upgrade the Second Division to "Primera División A" (First Division A) to bring closer together the level of play in the two tiers, Primera and Primera A. The project was under the direction of José Antonio García Rodríguez, president of the top-tier Primera Division at the time. He envisioned the new division to be joined by the best teams of the Segunda and include teams from the United States (Los Angeles Salsa and San Jose Black Hawks expressed desire to join). Upon review, FIFA did not authorize such integration. As a result the new league was created instead with the best Second Division teams. The 1994-1995 season began with 15 teams: Acapulco, Gallos de Aguascalientes, Club Celaya, Irapuato FC, C.F. La Piedad, Club Deportivo Marte, C.F. Pachuca, Atlético San Francisco, San Luis F.C., Lagartos de Tabasco, Coras de Tepic, Inter de Tijuana, Halcones de Querétaro, Venados de Yucatán and Zacatepec. Cobras de Ciudad Juárez, which would have been the sixteenth team, declined to participate due to financial problems.

During the 2006 tournament it was decided to increase the number of teams from 20 to 24 and it was also decided to form two groups, A and B divided by geographical areas.

In 2009 major changes occurred the most prominent being the name change from Primera Division A to Liga de Ascenso. The league was reduced to 17 teams and eliminated the groups. Starting with the Apertura 2010 season 18 teams participated. In 2012 the league was rebranded as Ascenso MX. The Guerreros de Oaxaca will be the 16th team of Ascenso MX starting 2013-2014 season. The Guerreros will be composed of the former Segunda Division team Tecamachalco which had won ascendency into Ascenso MX in 2012, but did not fulfill infrastructural requirements set by Mexican Football Federation. Zacatepec will also be promoted to the Ascenso MX taking the spot of Pumas Morelos in August 2013. [2]

Beginning of 2014-15 Season, Ascenso MX will not relegate a team to Second Division of Mexico.

Clubs[edit]

The following 14 clubs will compete in Ascenso MX during the 2014–15 season.[3]

Club Manager Location Stadium Capacity
Altamira Sergio Orduña Altamira, Tamaulipas Altamira 13,500
Atlante Gastón Obledo Cancún, Quintana Roo Andrés Quintana Roo 20,000[4]
BUAP Ricardo Valiño Puebla, Puebla Olímpico de la BUAP 21,750
Celaya Jorge Torres Celaya, Guanajuato Miguel Alemán 33,340
Correcaminos Omar Arellano Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas Marte R. Gómez 18,000
Irapuato Roberto Sandoval Irapuato, Guanajuato Sergio León Chávez 33,000
Mérida Juan Carlos Chávez Mérida, Yucatán Carlos Iturralde 18,000
Necaxa Miguel de Jesús Fuentes Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes Victoria 25,494
Oaxaca Ricardo Rayas Oaxaca,Oaxaca Benito Juárez 12,000
San Luis Flavio Davino San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosí Alfonso Lastras 30,000
Dorados de Sinaloa Diego Torres Culiacán, Sinaloa Banorte 23,000
Tepic Joel Sánchez Tepic, Nayarit Arena Cora 12,945
Zacatecas Pablo Marini Zacatecas, Zacatecas Francisco Villa 18,000
Zacatepec Ignacio Rodríguez Zacatepec, Morelos Agustín Díaz 26,000

Titles By Club[edit]

Club Winners Winning Seasons
Irapuato 4 Invierno 1999, Verano 2000, Apertura 2002, Clausura 2011
León 4 Verano 2003, Clausura 2004, Clausura 2008, Clausura 2012
Querétaro 3 Clausura 2005, Clausura 2006, Apertura 2008
La Piedad †† 2 Verano 2001, Apertura 2012
Necaxa 2 Apertura 2009, Clausura 2010
Dorados de Sinaloa 2 Apertura 2003, Clausura 2007
Puebla 2 Apertura 2005, Apertura 2006
Tigres UANL 2 Invierno 1996, Verano 1997
Pachuca 2 1995-96, Invierno 1997
U. de G. 1 Apertura 2013
Tecos ††† 1 Clausura 2014
Neza ††† 1 Clausura 2013
Correcaminos 1 Apertura 2011
Tijuana 1 Apertura 2010
Mérida 1 Clausura 2009
Indios ††† 1 Apertura 2007
Veracruz 1 Invierno 2001
Gallos de Aguascalientes ††† 1 Invierno 2000
Unión de Curtidores †† 1 Verano 1999
Tigres B ††† 1 Verano 1998
Venados de Yucatán ††† 1 Invierno 1998
Celaya ††† 1 1994-1995

† Teams in the First Division
†† Teams in the Second Division
††† Defunct

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Promoted
1994-1995 Celaya Pachuca Celaya
1995-1996 Pachuca Hermosillo Pachuca
Invierno 1996 Tigres UANL Atlético Hidalgo
Verano 1997 Tigres UANL Correcaminos Tigres UANL
Invierno 1997 Pachuca Real Sociedad de Zacatecas
Verano 1998 Tigrillos Zacatepec Pachuca
Invierno 1998 Venados de Yucatán Chivas Tijuana
Verano 1999 Venados de Yucatán Cruz Azul Hidalgo Venados de Yucatán
Invierno 1999 Irapuato Zacatepec
Verano 2000 Irapuato Cruz Azul Hidalgo Irapuato
Invierno 2000 Gallos de Aguascalientes La Piedad
Verano 2001 La Piedad Toros Neza La Piedad
Invierno 2001 Veracruz San Luis
Verano 2002 San Luis Tigrillos Saltillo San Luis
Apertura 2002 Irapuato La Piedad
Clausura 2003 Club León Tapatio Irapuato
Apertura 2003 Dorados de Sinaloa Cobras de Ciudad Juárez
Clausura 2004 Club León Dorados de Sinaloa Dorados de Sinaloa
Apertura 2004 San Luis Atlético Mexiquense
Clausura 2005 Querétaro León San Luis
Apertura 2005 Puebla Cruz Azul Oaxaca
Clausura 2006 Querétaro Indios Querétaro
Apertura 2006 Puebla FC Salamanca
Clausura 2007 Dorados de Sinaloa León Puebla
Apertura 2007 Indios Dorados de Sinaloa
Clausura 2008 León Dorados de Sinaloa Indios
Apertura 2008 Querétaro Irapuato
Clausura 2009 Mérida Tijuana Querétaro
Apertura 2009 Necaxa Irapuato
Bicentenario 2010 Necaxa León Necaxa
Apertura 2010 Tijuana Veracruz
Clausura 2011 Irapuato Tijuana Tijuana
Apertura 2011 Correcaminos La Piedad
Clausura 2012 León Lobos de la BUAP León
Apertura 2012 La Piedad Dorados de Sinaloa
Clausura 2013 Neza Necaxa Veracruz
Apertura 2013 U. de G. Necaxa
Clausura 2014 Estudiantes Tecos Correcaminos U. de G.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Relegation and Promotion by Club

Club Promotions Relegations
Zacatepec 5 (1950–51, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1977–78, 1983–84) 1 (2013-14*)
San Luis 4 (1970–71, 1975–76, 2001–02, 2004-05)
Querétaro 4 (México 86, 1989–90, 2005–06, 2008–09)
Pachuca 4 (1966–67, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98)
Irapuato 4 (1953–54, 1984–85, 1999-2000*, 2002–03)
Atlas 3 (1954–55, 1971–72, 1978–79)
Puebla 3 (1969–70, 1998–99, 2006–07)
Curtidores 3 (1973–74, 1982–83, 1998-99*)
La Piedad 3 (1951–52, 2000–01, 2012-13*)
Tampico 3 (1958–59, 1964–65, 1972–73)
Veracruz 2 (1963–64, 2001–02*)
Zamora 2 (1954–55, 1956–57)
Atlante 2 (1976–77, 1990–91)
Monterrey 2 (1955–56, 1959–60)
Morelia 2 (1956–57, 1980–81)
Tigres UANL 2 (1973–74, 1996–97)
León 2 (1989–90, 2011–12)
Neza 2 (1988–89, 1992–93)
Cobras 2 (PRODE 1985, 1987–88)
Celaya 2 (1957–58, 1994–95)
U. de G. 2 (1973–74, 2013–14)
Ciudad Madero 2 (1964–65, 1972–73)
Atlas 2 (1954–55, 1971–72)
Atlético Potosino 1 (1973–74)
Correcaminos 1 (1986–87)
Indios 1 (2007–08)
Tecos 1 (1974–75)
Tijuana 1 (2010–11)
Venados de Yucatán 1 (1998–99)
Dorados de Sinaloa 1 (2003–04)
Necaxa 1 (2009–10)
Toluca 1 (1952–53)
Cuautla 1 (1954–55)
Nacional 1 (1960–61)
UNAM 1 (1961–62)
Cruz Azul 1 (1963–64)
Nuevo León 1 (1965–66)
Laguna 1 (1967–68)
Torreón 1 (1968–69)
Oaxtepec 1 (1981–82)
Potros Neza 1 (1988–89)
Tampico Madero 1 (1993–94)
Atletas Campesinos 1 (1979–80)
Pumas Morelos 1 (2012–13)

Notes:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nace la Liga de Ascenso". www.femexfut.org.mx. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  2. ^ http://televisadeportes.esmas.com/futbol/futbolmexico/535339/nacen-guerreros-oaxaca/
  3. ^ Die 18 Mannschaften in der Liga de Ascenso 2010/11 (Spanish; retrieved on May 27, 2010)
  4. ^ "Atlante construirá nuevo estadio en Cancún". MedioTiempo.com. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 

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