Liga MX Femenil

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Liga MX Femenil
Liga MX Femenil.svg
Organising bodyMexican Football Federation
FoundedDecember 5, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-12-05)
Number of teams19
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)Copa MX Femenil
Current championsUANL (2nd title)
(Apertura 2018)
Most championshipsUANL
(2 titles)
TV partnersAYM Sports
Fox Sports[2]
TVC Deportes[4]
2019–20 Liga MX Femenil season

The Liga BBVA Femenil, is the highest division of women's football in Mexico. It is supervised by the Mexican Football Federation and is made up by the female representatives of the 18 Liga MX teams.[5] The inaugural season began in July 2017.[6] Liga MX CEO Enrique Bonilla stated the league was created in order to nurture the stars of the Mexico women's national football team.[7]

The current champions are UANL who defeated Monterrey 3–2 on aggregate in the Clausura 2019 final on 13 May 2019.[8]


Previously, in 2007, there was an attempt to professionalize women's football in Mexico via the Liga Mexicana de Fútbol Femenil. While the league had some limited success (Mexico's women's team beat the United States for the first time in 2010, qualifying for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup),[9] it did not have a major sponsorship and lacked media coverage (such as a consistent TV partner), and major clubs (such as Chivas de Guadalajara) pulled their support, and the league became semi-professional.[citation needed]

In December 2016, during a general assembly meeting with all Liga MX club owners in the new Mexican Football Federation headquarters, Liga MX CEO Enrique Bonilla announced the formation of the new Liga MX Femenil.[10] He announced that 16 Liga MX clubs (excluding Puebla and Chiapas due to financial problems) will field an U-23 roster with four U-17 players and up to two overage players.[10] No foreign-born players were allowed in the first season.[11]

Before the inaugural season the teams took part in a domestic cup called Copa MX Femenil in May 2017.[12] The tournament took place between 3 May and 6 May 2017 with only 12 of the 16 teams participating due to four not having a team ready.[13] Pachuca won the final 9–1 against Club Tijuana.[14]

The first Apertura matches were played on 28 July 2017. Guadalajara won the league championship on November 24, 2017, defeating C.F. Pachuca (Women) in the second match of a two-match playoff. The two matches drew record-setting crowds of 28,955 and 32,466 spectators.[15]

Commentator Glenn Moore declared the Liga MX Femenil to have concluded a "very successful debut campaign".[16] The league set history as the final between Monterrey and Tigres was the highest attended club match in women's soccer history.[17]


The following 19 clubs will compete in the Liga MX Femenil during the 2019–20 season.

Location of the 2019–20 Liga MX Femenil teams in Greater Mexico City
Club City Ground Capacity Ref
América Mexico City Azteca 81,070 [18]
Atlas Guadalajara Jalisco 55,110 [13]
Atlético San Luis San Luis Potosí City Alfonso Lastras 25,709 [19]
Cruz Azul Ciudad Cooperativa Cruz Azul 10 de Diciembre 14,500 [20]
Guadalajara Zapopan Akron 46,232 [21]
Juárez Ciudad Juárez Olímpico Benito Juárez 19,703 [22]
León León León 31,297 [13]
Monterrey Guadalupe BBVA Bancomer 51,348 [23]
Morelia Morelia Morelos 34,795 [24]
Necaxa Aguascalientes City Victoria 23,851 [25]
Pachuca Pachuca Hidalgo 27,512 [26]
Puebla Puebla City Cuauhtémoc 51,726 [27]
Querétaro Querétaro City Corregidora 33,162 [28]
Santos Laguna Torreón Corona 29,237 [29]
Tijuana Tijuana Caliente 27,333 [30]
Toluca Toluca Nemesio Díez 31,000 [31]
UANL San Nicolás de los Garza Universitario 41,886 [32]
UNAM Mexico City Estadio Olímpico Universitario 48,297 [33]
Veracruz Boca del Río Luis "Pirata" Fuente 28,703 [13]


For the 2019-20 season, teams are in one group of nineteen. After playing each other the top eight teams advance to the liguilla.


Season Champions Result Runners-up
Apertura 2017 Guadalajara 0–2
Clausura 2018 UANL 2–2
(4–2 pen)
Apertura 2018 América 2–2
(3–1 pen)
Clausura 2019 UANL 1–1

Media coverage[edit]

TV broadcast rights
Team Mexico Broadcaster U.S. Broadcaster Day Time*
América Televisa Univision Monday 8:00 PM
Atlas TVC Deportes Saturday 11:00 AM
Atlético San Luis TBA TBA Monday 8:00 PM
Cruz Azul Televisa Univision Friday 4:00 PM
Guadalajara Fox Sports Monday 7:00 PM
Juárez TBA TBA Friday 8:00 PM
León Fox Sports / Claro Monday 7:00 PM
Monterrey Fox Sports Monday 9:00 PM
Morelia AYM Sports AYM Sports Monday 4:00 PM
Necaxa Claro Nuestra Visión Friday 4:00 PM
Pachuca Fox Sports / Claro Monday 7:00 PM
Puebla TVC Deportes Sunday 12:00 PM
Querétaro TVC Deportes Friday 4:00 PM
Santos Laguna Fox Sports Monday 9:00 PM
Tijuana Fox Sports Monday 9:00 PM
Toluca Televisa Univision Monday 6:00 PM
UANL Televisa Univision Monday 8:00 PM
UNAM Televisa Univision Saturday 12:00 PM
Veracruz AYM Sports AYM Sports Monday 5:00 PM


The attendance for the regular season for the 16 teams was 307,202 for 112 matches, an average of 2,743 per match. The attendance for 6 post-season matches was 104,804. Total attendance for 118 matches was 412,006, and average of 3,492 per match.[34]


The current managers in the Liga MX Femenil are:

Nat. Name Club Appointed Time as manager
Mexico Eva Espejo Pachuca 25 January 2017 2 years, 172 days
Mexico Leonardo Cuéllar América 28 February 2017 2 years, 138 days
Mexico Ileana Dávila UNAM 8 March 2017 2 years, 130 days
Mexico Juan Carlos Mendoza Toluca 26 April 2017 2 years, 81 days
Mexico Rodolfo Vega Veracruz 11 September 2017 1 year, 308 days
Mexico Jorge Macías Santos Laguna 27 November 2017 1 year, 231 days
Mexico Héctor Becerra Monterrey 4 December 2017 1 year, 224 days
Mexico José Julio Cevada BUAP 6 December 2017 1 year, 222 days
Mexico Everaldo Begines León 20 June 2018 1 year, 26 days
Mexico Fabiola Vargas Necaxa 5 July 2018 1 year, 11 days
Mexico Filadelfo Rangel Morelia 6 July 2018 1 year, 10 days
Mexico Fernando Samayoa Atlas 12 July 2018 1 year, 4 days
Mexico Jorge Gómez Puebla 10 December 2018 218 days
Mexico Martín Casas Atlético San Luis 28 May 2019 49 days
Mexico Ramón Villa Zevallos Guadalajara 31 May 2019 46 days
Mexico Roberto Medina UANL 31 May 2019 46 days
Mexico Rogelio Martínez Cruz Azul 3 June 2019 43 days
Mexico Carla Rossi Tijuana 20 June 2019 26 days
Mexico Félix Martínez Querétaro 12 July 2019 4 days

Domestic player pool[edit]

Originally, only players born in Mexico were allowed to participate.[35] The rule raised controversy since the foreign-born Mexican players (mostly born in the United States) who already represented the country's national team are excluded from playing in the league. Verónica Pérez, who capped 89 times for Mexico at senior level, was prevented from competing in the league along with Jazmín Aguas and former Mexico U-20 national team member Olivia Jiménez. Pérez had criticized the rule publicly and retired from football.[36]

Since Apertura 2019, both Mexican players born in the country and abroad are allowed to compete. Each team can have a maximum of six players born outside of Mexico. Vanessa Flores was the first player who was not born in Mexico to be announced as a signee for a Liga MX Femenil club (Tigres UANL).[37] Perez, who had made a football comeback in 2018, joined Club Tijuana one week after Flores' announcement.[38]

Similar to CD Guadalajara policies, the foreign-born Mexican players in the Liga MX Femenil can only attend the international call ups from the Mexico women's national team and must eventually reject the ones coming from the other nations they are eligible.


  1. ^ includes Claro Sports
  2. ^ includes Fox Sports 2
  3. ^ includes TDN and Univisión TDN
  4. ^ includes TVC Deportes 2
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  31. ^ "Toluca". Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  32. ^ "Tigres UANL". Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  33. ^ "UNAM". Retrieved 3 May 2017.
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