Mexican Football Federation

Coordinates: 19°25′04″N 99°10′12″W / 19.41779°N 99.169887°W / 19.41779; -99.169887
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Mexican Football Federation
Founded23 August 1922; 101 years ago (1922-08-23)
FIFA affiliation1929
CONCACAF affiliation1961[1]
PresidentJuan Carlos Rodríguez Bas

The Mexican Football Federation (Spanish: Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación, A.C.; abbreviated as Femexfut or FMF) is the governing body of association football in Mexico. It administers the Mexico national team, the Liga MX and all affiliated amateur sectors, and controls promoting, organizing, directing, expanding, and supervising competitive football in Mexico.

The Federación has three operational centres: the Central Office, the High Performance Centre (Centro de Alto Rendimiento, CAR) and the Training Centre (Centro de Capacitación, CECAP).

FEMEXFUT is a member of the CONCACAF and FIFA, and is subject to policies, statutes, objectives and ideals of those international play football governing bodies.

The Federación was established on 23 August 1922 under the inaugural president Humberto Garza Ramos. In 1929, FIFA affiliation was established; CONCACAF affiliation was established in 1961.


Former headquarters in Mexico City

The governing body of the Federación is the General Assembly that conforms with the participation of the Liga MX with 55% of the votes; Liga de Expansión MX with 5%; Liga Premier, with 18%; Liga TDP, with 13%, and the Amateur sector, with 9%. The 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.[2]

Association staff[edit]

Name Position Source
Mexico Juan Carlos Rodríguez Bas President Commissioner [3][4]
Mexico Ivar Sisniega Executive President
Mexico Iñigo Riestra General Secretary
Mexico Luis Palma Treasurer [5]
Mexico Lucía Mijares Technical Director [6]
Mexico José Romano Sales Manager
Mexico Duilio Davino Sports Director of National Teams (men's)
Mexico Andrea Rodebaugh Sports Director of National Team (women's)
Mexico Luis Maldonado Operational Director of National Teams
Argentina Andrés Lillini Coordinator of Youth National Teams
Mexico Jorge Christian Tello Scouting Coordinator
Spain Martí Matabosch Sports Science Coordinator
Mexico Jaime Lozano Team coach (men's) [7]
Spain Pedro López Team coach (women's) [8]
Mexico Edgar Martínez Media/communications Manager [9]
Mexico Enrique Osses Head/Director of the Referees Department [10]
Mexico Benito Armando Archundia Chairperson of the Referees Committee and Referee coordinator [11]


The league is composed of four professional divisions: Liga MX, Liga de Expansión MX, Liga Premier, and Liga TDP. The Liga MX Femenil is the top-tier of women's football in Mexico.


Multi-team ownership issue[edit]

The issue of multi-team ownership has been a highly debated one within the owners of the professional football clubs and the Femexfut. Of 33 clubs in the top two tiers, about a third of the teams are owned by three groups: Grupo Pachuca (Pachuca, León, Tlaxcala), Grupo Caliente (Tijuana, Dorados de Sinaloa, Querétaro) and Grupo Orlegi (Santos Laguna, Atlas). Of those groups that own more than one team, that ownership is usually split between the top two tiers of the league and act as a form of player development.[12]

In May 2013, the Liga MX club owners approved banning a person or company from owning more than one team. The issue came to fore when rumor was that Carlos Slim, whose telecommunications company América Móvil owns a 30% stake in Grupo Pachuca,[13] sought to acquire Guadalajara; he would refute the speculation. The ban applied to future acquisitions, not the then current team ownership, and did not require the sale of teams in excess of the one team limitation.[14]

The issue reemerged 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.[15]

2026 World Cup Bid[edit]

In September 2012, former Federación President Justino Compeán confirmed plans to bid.[16] On 4 March 2016, Federación President Decio De Maria announced continued interest after the new FIFA president Gianni Infantino was elected in the wake of the Garcia Report corruption scandal.[17] In April 2017, the Federación, with Canada and the United States, announced a joint bid to host the World Cup. It was awarded on 13 June 2018; 134 votes versus the Morocco bid by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation with 65 votes. Mexico will host 10 matches, Canada 3 matches, and the United States 60 matches in 10 cities including the final. The shortlist of match cities was selected in June 2022: Guadalajara, Mexico City, & Monterrey.


Mexican Football fans are known for shouting out "Puto!", when the opposing team's goalkeeper is about to perform a goal kick, a custom that has repeatedly led to FIFA fining the Mexican Federation.[18] Despite in 2014, FIFA dropped an investigation, concluding that the chant "was not considered insulting in the specific context". In September 2019, the FMF launched a campaign to end the chant during matches,[19] with Federation President Yon De Luisa and Liga MX President Enrique Bonilla announcing new league-wide protocols. The measures will allow officials to stop a match if the slur is chanted and play an announcement over the stadium loudspeakers as a warning to fans. In case of a second incident during a match, officials will have the option to order the teams back to their changing rooms for a period of 5 to 10 minutes. If the chant continues a third time, the local club will be sanctioned.[20]

The protocols were employed for the first time in the Liga MX on 26 October 2019 during the Apertura match between Atlas and visiting side Necaxa, in which the slur was heard up to six times. Referee Fernando Guerrero eventually ended the match before the completion of the six minutes of stoppage time.[21] The protocols were used for the first time in the playoffs on 27 November, during the first-leg of the series between Club León and Monarcas Morelia.[22]

During the 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals, fans chanted out the homophobic chant during both the semifinal against Costa Rica and the final match against the United States. This has led CONCACAF to initiate their anti-discrimination protocol by stopping the match in order to warn fans of getting ejected for saying the chant.[23]

FIFA later announced on 18 June 2021, that the Mexican Football Federation would be fined of up to $65,000 for the behaviour of fans at the 2020 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship and that two of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches with Jamaica on 2 September and Canada on 7 October would be held behind closed doors.[24] The FIFA Appeals Committee later cut the punishment in half, allowing fans to attend the Canada match.[25]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Introduccion, femexfut" [femexfut introducción] (in Spanish). Femexfut. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
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  4. ^ "MEXICO". Concacaf. 2021-03-07. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
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  12. ^ Marshal, Tom. "Multi-club ownership causing headaches". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  13. ^ Harrison, Crayton. "Billionaire Slim Buys 30% Stakes In Mexico Soccer Teams". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Mexican club owners move against multi-team ownership". Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Multi-Ownership Is Back; TV Azteca Buys Atlas". soccerly. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Mexico to bid for 2026 World Cup". ESPN, Press Association. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  17. ^ "Mexico wants to host 2026 World Cup as first nation to stage three editions". ESPN, Press Association. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  18. ^ "FIFA investiga a hinchas mexicanos por conducta inapropiada en el Mundial".
  19. ^ "Mexico cracks down on erroneously considered 'homophobic' slurs in football". Business Times. 21 September 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  20. ^ "protocolo para erradicar el grito homofóbico en Liga MX". Diario AS. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  21. ^ "Se suspende primer partido de Liga MX por grito homofóbico". ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  22. ^ "¡Histórico! Grito homofóbico detiene el primer partido de Liguilla". Fox Sports (Mexico). Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  23. ^ "With Mexico in Concacaf Nations League, soccer again confronts homophobic slur at matches". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  24. ^ "FIFA punishes Mexico for fans' repeated use of homophobic slur". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  25. ^ Goff, Steven. "FIFA cuts punishment to Mexico in half for fans' homophobic slurs". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 October 2021.

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