Mexican Football Federation
|Founded||23 August 1927|
|President||Decio de María|
The Mexican Football Federation (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 is in charge of promoting, organizing, directing, spreading, and supervising competitive football in Mexico.
The Federation has three operational centres: the Central Office, the High Performance Centre (Centro de Alto Rendimiento, CAR) and the Training Centre (Centro de Capacitación, CECAP).
The Mexican Federation of Football was established on 23 August 1927 under its first president Humberto Garza Ramos. In 1929 it became affiliated with the FIFA, and later became affiliated with CONCACAF in 1961.
The Mexican Football Federation's governing body 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%. Its 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.
Stance on multi-team ownership
The issue of multi-team ownership has been a highly debated one within the owners of the professional football clubs and the Femexfut. Out of Mexico’s 34 clubs in the top two divisions, five ownership groups control almost half the teams, Grupo Pachuca (León, Pachuca, Mineros de Zacatecas, Tlaxcala), Grupo Salinas (Atlas, Monarcas Morelia), Grupo Caliente (Tijuana, Dorados de Sinaloa), Orlegi Deportes (Santos Laguna, Tampico Madero) and Grupo Tecamachalco (Alebrijes de Oaxaca, Tampico Madero) wield much influence. Most of the owners that have more than one team have them split between the first and second divisions and are in place partly to promote player development.
In May 2013, the owners of the 18 Liga MX clubs voted in favor of a proposal to ban one person or company from owning more than one team. The proposal was introduced after Carlos Slim, whose telecommunications company América Móvil owns a 30% stake in Grupo Pachuca, was rumored to want to acquire Guadalajara (a move he ultimately ruled out). The ruling will not require club owners to sell one of their current Liga MX teams, but will prevent them from acquiring any more.
The issue was once again prevalent 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.
2026 World Cup Bid
In September 2012, former Mexican Football Federation President Justino Compeán confirmed plans for a Mexican bid. On March 4, 2016, Mexican Football Federation President Decio De Maria announced continued Mexican interest after the new FIFA president Gianni Infantino was elected in the wake of the Garcia Report corruption scandal.
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