The Mexico women's national football team (sometimes referred to as Las Tri) represents Mexico in international women's football competition and is controlled by La Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (Mexico Football Federation). In the 1970s, the team gained popularity, with Mexico finishing 3rd in an unofficial Women's World Cup held in Italy. Also, in 1971, the team hosted an unofficial women's World Cup reaching the final, only to lose to Denmark 3–0. An estimated 110,000 people attended the final at Estadio Azteca that day. The team was formed before the 1999 Women's World Cup and was composed of Mexican and Mexican-American players. The main goal for the team was to qualify for their first World Cup. Since then, the team has developed and is now ranked 24th in the Women's FIFA World Ranking. One of the big advantages the team has compared to all others is that they have had one coach, Leonardo Cuéllar, for the past 14 years, which is rare to see in a national team from Mexico. The team again is re-gaining popularity, as the U-20 team finished in the quarter-finals in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and a notable 1–0 win over England in which the game was broadcast live in the country. The team was the host for the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, finishing in second place after a shocking 2–1 victory over the United States. The team has a professional league, the Super Liga Femenil de Futbol, which was established partially to raise the popularity of women's football in Mexico.
The first official coach for the Mexico women's national football team was Leonardo Cuéllar. One of his main goals when first establishing the team was to qualify for the 1999 Women's World Cup. The team accomplished this by placing second to the Canadian team in the 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship. After finding a coach to begin the team, controversy soon began regarding the nationality of the players being recruited. Many people in Mexico argued that Mexican-American girls should not be allowed to play on the team because they were taking a spot away from a full Mexican player. The team captain, Andrea Rodebaugh, argued that the team's main goal was to qualify and said that to them it did not matter who was on the team as long as the team was formed. The national team was formed despite the controversy and consisted of Mexican and Mexican-American players.
The team has encountered several difficulties since their formation. The players had to learn to play together and become a team despite the different views on the culture between the Mexican-Americans and the Mexicans. At the beginning, the division was apparent: all the Mexicans roomed together and all the Americans roomed together; however, with time the team became more integrated. The culture was also a barrier the team had to overcome. For many Mexican girls, playing soccer in general was not thought of highly in Mexican families because it was referred to as a male sport, so the team did not receive as much support as they would have liked and needed. However, with time their accomplishments were covered by the news and the support grew. Despite there being two dominant languages on the team, the players have managed to overcome the boundary and a lot of the Americans speak better Spanish now and vice versa. At practices both languages are used, but when cameras are on, Spanish is used more so the people from Mexico can understand what is going on.
The Mexican national team utilizes a tricolour system, composed of the colors green, white and red. The team's three colors originated from Mexico's national flag, known as the tricolor. Currently the kit being used 2011–2012 is a green jersey for home and a black with gold jersey for away. Sewn on the inside collar of both jerseys is the Mexican saying somos guerreros meaning "we are warriors".