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 players having citizenship of Mexico and descedents born elsewhere of Mexico's citizens. The main goal for the team was to qualify for their first World Cup. The team has since then developed and is now ranked 25th in the Women's FIFA World Ranking. One advantage of the team as compared to all other teams is that they have had for the past 14 years, one coach, Leonardo Cuéllar; rare in the world of a national team from Mexico. Another resurgence in popularity is developing, as the U-20 team competed in the quarter-finals in 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and a notable 1–0 win over England where the game was broadcast live. The team was the host for the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, finishing in second place after an unexpe3cted 2–1 victory over the United States. The team has a professional league, the Super Liga Femenil de Futbol, which was established in part to raise consciousness 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 citizen 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 players holding Mexican citizenship and descendents born elsewhere of Mexican citizens.
The team has encountered several difficulties since their formation. The two major elements of the team needed cohesion. There is a difference of soccer suitability between Mexican-born team members and the players born elsewhere. Some Mexicans think of soccer as a male sport. The communication skills needed by the players had to improve. Mexico-born players roomed within the ranks of those players and non-Mexico-born players roomed within their own ranks. As the team matured and had a better understanding about what could help the two groups, the players developed communication patterns that relied to varying degress on Spanish and English such as at practice. And the Spanish skills of non-Mexico players had to improve so that the players could use the language to make Mexico more aware of the team and their accomplishments with the news people and cameras.
Increased awarenbess of the team makes it possible to develop higher levels of followers.
The Mexico 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. 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".