Tercera División de México

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Tercera División de México
Mexico tercera division.jpg
Country Mexico
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 1967
Divisions 14 groups
Number of teams 226
Level on pyramid 4
Promotion to

Champion - Liga Premier de Ascenso

Runner Up - Liga de Nuevos Talentos
Current champions Tuzos Pachuca
(2013-14)
Website terceradivision.com.mx
2014-2015 Season

Tercera División is Mexico's fourth tier in the Mexican League System. The Tercera División (Third Division) is divided into 14 groups. For the 2009/2010 season, the format of the tournament has been reorganized to a home and away format, which all teams will play in their respective group. The 14 groups consist of teams who are eligible for promotion, teams who are affiliated with teams in the Liga MX (Primera División) and Ascenso MX, which are not eligible for promotion and teams for a promotional tournament, which make up group 14 and are not eligible for promotion as well.

Teams[edit]

Participating clubs for the 2014–15 tournament:[1]

* Teams with an affiliate in the Liga MX or Ascenso MX and that are not eligible for promotion. ** Teams with an affiliate in the Tercera Division and that are eligible for promotion. *** Teams with an affiliate in the Segunda Division and that are not eligible for promotion.

Group I[edit]

Group II[edit]

Group III[edit]

Group IV[edit]

Group V[edit]

Group VI[edit]

Group VII[edit]

Group VIII[edit]

(16 teams)

Group IX[edit]

Group X[edit]

Group XI[edit]

Group XII[edit]

Group XIII[edit]

(11 teams)

Group XIV[edit]

(11 teams)

Teams Battle for Promotion[edit]

Filiales (No Promotion)[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                         
1  Cruz Azul.svg Cruz Azul Jasso 1 4 5  
8  Monterrey.svg Monterrey 1 0 1  
  1  Cruz Azul.svg Cruz Azul Jasso 2  
  7  Viola con banda gialla.png U. A. Chihuahua 0  
4  Tigres.png Tigres S.D. 1 1 2
5  Atlas.svg Atlas 0 0 0  
   
  3  Mineros de Zacatecas.png Zacatecas
2  Arancione e Blu.svg A. R. T. 0 0 0(3)  
7  Viola con banda gialla.png U. A. Chihuahua 0 0 0(4)  
  3  Mineros de Zacatecas.png Zacatecas 0 5 5
  4  Tigres.png Tigres S.D. 1 1 2  
3  Mineros de Zacatecas.png Zacatecas 2 8 10
6  Guadalajara.svg Guadalajara 2 0 2  

Current Format[edit]

Tercera División currently features 211 teams divided into 14 groups. There are 7 teams with filials (affiliates) in the Liga MX (First Division) or Ascenso MX, who are not eligible for promotion. The Tercera follows the usual double round-robin format in which each club plays every other club twice within their own group.

The teams will be divided in accordance to their geographical zone. The teams in each subgroup of 14 will then play each other in the double round-robin format within their own subgroup. Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss. If a game ends in a draw both team are awarded one point for the draw in regulation time and will then move on to the execution of penalties. The team who wins in the penalty series will be awarded a point in addition to the point won for drawing during regulation time. Teams are ranked by total points won.

Qualification for Promotion[edit]

Two teams from the Tercera Division will be promoted to Second Division de Mexico, Campeon (Champion) and Sub-Campeon (Runner-Up). The champion will be promoted directly to the Liga Premier de Ascenso and the runner-up will be promoted to the Liga de Nuevos Talentos.

Of the teams that are eligible for promotion, 64 teams will qualify for play-offs to determine which two teams will be promoted. The play-offs will be played in a home and away format, the winner being determined by the aggregate score. Also, Participating in the play-offs is the 8 affiliate clubs without the right to be promoted to the Liga MX, Ascenso MX and Second Division de Mexico.

Round of 64[edit]

Group I

  • 1 vs. 4
  • 2 vs. 3

Group II

  • 1 vs. 4
  • 2 vs. 3

Group XII

  • 1 vs. 4
  • 2 vs. 3

Group XIII

  • 1 vs. 4
  • 2 vs. 3

Group XIV

  • 1 vs. 4
  • 2 vs. 3

For Groups I, II, XII, XIII and XIV the top 4 teams will play-off amongst the teams in their own group as shown above.

Groups III - VII

  • 1 vs. 20
  • 2 vs. 19
  • 3 vs. 18
  • 4 vs. 17
  • 5 vs. 16
  • 6 vs. 15
  • 7 vs. 14
  • 8 vs. 13
  • 9 vs. 12
  • 10 vs. 11

For Groups III, IV, V, VI, and VII the teams will be repositioned from 1 to 20, into a single table, depending on their final overall record in regular season play.

Groups VIII - XI

  • 1 vs. 16
  • 2 vs. 15
  • 3 vs. 14
  • 4 vs. 13
  • 5 vs. 12
  • 6 vs. 11
  • 7 vs. 10
  • 8 vs. 9

For Group VIII, IX, X and XI the top 4 teams will face off against the top 4 teams of Group XI as shown above.

Round of 32[edit]

In this round the remaining 32 teams will be split into 2 groups of 16. Teams qualified from Groups I to VII will make up Zone 1 and teams qualified from Groups VIII to XIV will make up Zone 2. The teams will be repositioned into these groups depending on their final overall record in regular season play.

Zone 1
Groups I - VII

  • 1 vs. 16
  • 2 vs. 15
  • 3 vs. 14
  • 4 vs. 13
  • 5 vs. 12
  • 6 vs. 11
  • 7 vs. 10
  • 8 vs. 9

Zone 2
Groups VII - XIV

  • 1 vs. 16
  • 2 vs. 15
  • 3 vs. 14
  • 4 vs. 13
  • 5 vs. 12
  • 6 vs. 11
  • 7 vs. 10
  • 8 vs. 9

Round of 16[edit]

For the Round of 16 the teams will remain in the same group, the only difference being is the repositioning of the qualified teams.

Zone 1
Groups I - VII

  • 1 vs. 8
  • 2 vs. 7
  • 3 vs. 6
  • 4 vs. 5

Zone 2
Groups VIII - XIV

  • 1 vs. 8
  • 2 vs. 7
  • 3 vs. 6
  • 4 vs. 5

Quarter-finals[edit]

Same format as the Round of 16.

Zone 1 Ascenso
Groups I - VII

  • 1 vs. 3
  • 2 vs. 4

Zone 2 Ascenso
Groups V|II - XIV

  • 1 vs. 4
  • 2 vs. 3

Affiliate Teams

  • 1 vs. 8
  • 2 vs. 7
  • 3 vs. 6
  • 4 vs. 5

Semi-finals[edit]

Same format as Quarter-finals.

Zone 1 Ascenso
Groups I - VII

  • 1 vs. 2

Zone 2 Ascenso
Groups VIII - XIV

  • 1 vs. 2

Affiliate Teams

  • 1 vs. 4
  • 2 vs. 3

Final[edit]

The final will be disputed between the winning team of Zone 1 and the winning team of Zone 2.

Ascenso

  • 2 vs. 1
  • 1 vs. 2

Affiliate Teams

  • 2 vs. 1
  • 1 vs. 2

Promotion[edit]

The team that wins in the aggregate score will be crowned champion and will be promoted to the Liga Premier de Ascenso and the runner-up of the final will be promoted to the Liga de Nuevos Talentos.

Certification Requirements[edit]

For Tercera Division Profesional Certificate be considered, you must meet the social, sporting, financial and legal requirements; Clubs who win promotion and get the support settlement letter from the Division to participate in the Segunda Division de Mexico complying with the following:

  • Having full legal rule and membership record with the corporate documents, legal and financial sport under the Rules of Affiliation, name and headquarters.
  • Facilities must comply with the guidelines by the Rules of Membership, Name and Headquarters and the Segunda Division de Mexico.
  • I have no debt in the Statement of the Division or at the FMF.

List of Champions[edit]

Tercera División champions[2]

Season Champion (Promotion) Filial (Affiliate) Champion Promotional Champion
1967-68 Zapata FC x x
1968-69 Mastines de Naucalpan x x
1969-70 Club San Luis x x
1970-71 Lobos de Querétaro x x
1971-72 Orizaba x x
1972-73 Tecos UAG x x
1973-74 Celaya FC x x
1974-75 Potros UAEM x x
1975-76 T.A.M.S.A. x x
1976-77 Osos Grises de Toluca x x
1977-78 CD Zamora x x
1978-79 Lobos de Tlaxcala x x
1979-80 Oaxtepec x x
1980-81 Azucareros de Córdoba x x
1981-82 Petroleros de Poza Rica x x
1982-83 Atlético Tecoman x x
1983-84 San Mateo Atenco x x
1984-85 Unión de Curtidores x x
1985-86 Progreso de Cocula x x
1986-87 Águila Progreso Industrial x x
1987-88 Ecatepec x x
1988-89 Ayense de Ayotlan Jalisco x x
1989-90 Brujos de Zitlaltepec x x
1990-91 Linces de la Universidad de Celaya x x
1991-92 Atlético San Francisco x x
1992-93 Colimense Monterrey "B" x
1993-94 Tigrillos Guadalajara "B" x
1994-95 Monterrey FAAC Cruz Azul "C" x
1995-96 Deportivo Zitácuaro América Coapa x
1996-97 Truenos de Cuautitlán América Coapa x
1997-98 Cachorros de Sayula Académicos x
1998-99 Deportivo Cihuatlán Necaxa "B" x
1999-00 Guadalajara "B" Atlético Morelia "C" x
2000-01 Pumas Naucalpan Tigres S.D. x
Apertura 2001 Académicos Estudiantes Tecos x
Clausura 2002 Alacranes de Apatzingán Correcaminos UAT "C" x
Apertura 2002 Deportivo Tepic Tigres S.D. x
Clausura 2003 Inter Playa del Carmen Necaxa "C" x
Apertura 2003 Jersey Nay Ixcuintla América "C" x
Clausura 2004 Atlético Tecoman América "C" Diablos de Hermosillo
Apertura 2004 Autlán "B" Tigres S.D. Búhos de Hermosillo
Clausura 2005 Atlético Cuauhtémoc Guadalajara "C" Búhos de Hermosillo
Apertura 2005 Deportivo Tecamachalco "B" Guadalajara "C" x
Clausura 2006 CFS Manzanillo Estudiantes Tecos x
Apertura 2006 Búhos de Hermosillo América "C" Gallos de Pelea del Canal 5
Clausura 2007 Atlético Cihuatlán Necaxa "C" Gallos de Pelea del Canal 5
Apertura 2007 Atlético Comonfort América "C" X
Clausura 2008 CFS Manzanillo "B" Necaxa "C" X
2008–2009 CD Héroes de Caborca Monarcas Morelia "C" X
2009–2010 Club Patriotas de Córdoba Guadalajara "C" X
2010–2011
2011–2012 Tuzos Cuautitlan Chivas de Guadalajara X
2012–2013
2013–2014 Tuzos Pachuca
2014–2015  ?

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tercera Didisón de México". Official website. 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  2. ^ "Historia de la Tercera División de México" (PDF). Tercera División de México. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 

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