|Number of teams||15|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Liga MX|
|Relegation to||Liga Premier|
|Domestic cup(s)||Copa MX |
|Current champions||Atlético San Luis (1st title) |
|Most championships||León |
Sinaloa (4 titles)
|TV partners||BARAL TV|
Latin American Sports
|2018–19 Ascenso MX season|
The Ascenso MX is the second professional level of the Mexican football league system. The champion of the competition is promoted to Liga MX (top-flight division). The bottom team gets relegated to Liga Premier (the third tier). It is currently sponsored by BBVA through its Mexican subsidiary BBVA Bancomer, and thus officially known as Ascenso BBVA Bancomer.
Formerly known as Primera División A (First Division A) the league changed its name and competition format in 2009 to Liga de Ascenso. It was rebranded as Ascenso MX in 2012. The main changes are that clubs now do not need a FMF certification to get promoted and that the competition does not use group stages.
In 1994, in order to create a premier league, the Mexican Football Federation decided to upgrade the Second Division to "Primera División A" (First Division A) to bring closer together the level of play in the two tiers, Primera and Primera A. The project was under the direction of José Antonio García Rodríguez, president of the top-tier Primera Division at the time. He envisioned the new division to be joined by the best teams of the Segunda and include teams from the United States (Los Angeles Salsa and San Jose Black Hawks expressed desire to join). Upon review, FIFA did not authorize such integration. As a result, the new league was created instead with the best Second Division teams. The 1994-1995 season began with 15 teams: Acapulco, Atlético Celaya, Atlético San Francisco, Atlético Yucatán, Caimanes de Tabasco, Coras de Tepic, Gallos de Aguascalientes, Halcones de Querétaro, Inter Tijuana, Irapuato, Reboceros de La Piedad, Marte, Pachuca, San Luis, and Zacatepec. Cobras de Ciudad Juárez, which would have been the sixteenth team, declined to participate due to financial problems.
During the 2006 tournament, the number of teams increased from 20 to 24, forming two groups, A and B, divided by geographical areas.
In 2009, major changes occurred, with the most prominent being the name change from Primera Division A to Liga de Ascenso. The league was reduced to 17 teams and the groups were eliminated. Starting with the Apertura 2010 season, 18 teams participated. In 2012 the league was rebranded as Ascenso MX. The Alebrijes de Oaxaca was the 16th team of Ascenso MX starting 2013-2014 season. The Alebrijes was composed of the former Segunda Division team Tecamachalco which had won promotion into Ascenso MX in 2012, but did not fulfill infrastructural requirements set by the Mexican Football Federation. Club Zacatepec was also promoted to the Ascenso MX taking the spot of Pumas Morelos in August 2013. 
From the 2011–2016 seasons, Ascenso MX did not relegate a team to the Segunda División de México Liga Premier de Ascenso. However, on June 6, 2016, the president of the division announced a return to relegation to the Segunda División de México Liga Premier de Ascenso for the 2016–17 season after a five-year absence. Following this change, Loros UdeC and Murciélagos F.C. were relegated in the next two seasons.
|Atlante||Cancún, Quintana Roo||Andrés Quintana Roo||17,289|
|Atlético San Luis||San Luis Potosí City, San Luis Potosí||Alfonso Lastras||25,111|
|Celaya||Celaya, Guanajuato||Miguel Alemán Valdés||23,182|
|Juárez||Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua||Olímpico Benito Juárez||19,703|
|Oaxaca||Oaxaca City, Oaxaca||Tecnológico de Oaxaca||14,598|
|Sonora||Hermosillo, Sonora||Héroe de Nacozari||18,747|
|Tampico Madero||Tampico / Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas||Tamaulipas||19,667|
|Tapachula||Tapachula, Chiapas||Olímpico de Tapachula||18,017|
|UAEM||Toluca, State of Mexico||Universitario Alberto "Chivo" Córdoba||32,603|
|UAT||Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas||Marte R. Gómez||10,520|
|Venados||Mérida, Yucatán||Carlos Iturralde||15,087|
|Zacatecas||Zacatecas City, Zacatecas||Carlos Vega Villalba||20,068|
|Zacatepec||Zacatepec, Morelos||Agustín "Coruco" Díaz||24,313|
|Team||Mexico Broadcaster||United States Broadcaster||Day||Time*|
|Atlético San Luis||Televisa||—||Friday||8:00 PM|
|Celaya||TV CUATRO||—||Saturday||7:00 PM|
|Juárez||ESPN||ESPN Deportes||Saturday||8:00 PM|
|Sinaloa||ESPN||ESPN Deportes||Saturday||9:00 PM|
|Sonora||TVC Deportes / Telemax||Nuestra Visión||Friday||9:36 PM|
|Tampico Madero||Fox Sports||Fox Deportes||Friday||9:00 PM|
|Tapachula||BARAL TV||GOL TV||Saturday||7:00 PM|
|UAEM||TVC Deportes||—||Friday||7:00 PM|
|UdeG||Canal 44 / TVC Deportes||—||Sunday||12:00 PM|
|Venados||BARAL TV / Claro||GOL TV / Nuestra Visión||Friday||8:30 PM|
|Zacatecas||Fox Sports / Claro||Nuestra Visión||Saturday||4:00 PM|
|Zacatepec||Televisa||GOL TV / Nuestra Visión||Saturday||5:00 PM|
- All match times are UTC−06:00.
The current managers in Ascenso MX are:
|Nat.||Name||Club||Appointed||Time as manager|
|Jorge Dávalos||UdeG||25 May 2017||1 year, 336 days|
|Andrés Carevic||Zacatecas||30 November 2017||1 year, 147 days|
|Alfonso Sosa||Atlético San Luis||19 February 2018||1 year, 66 days|
|Gabriel Caballero||Juárez||4 June 2018||326 days|
|Gabriel Pereyra||Atlante||5 June 2018||325 days|
|Diego Armando Maradona||Sinaloa||10 September 2018||228 days|
|Ricardo Valiño||Zacatepec||3 October 2018||205 days|
|David Rangel||UAEM||23 October 2018||185 days|
|Sergio Orduña||Venados||3 December 2018||144 days|
|Luis Fernando Soto||Tapachula||4 December 2018||143 days|
|Isaac Morales||Sonora||16 December 2018||131 days|
|José Islas||Celaya||27 December 2018||120 days|
|Carlos Reinoso||UAT||13 February 2019||72 days|
|Mario García||Tampico Madero||6 March 2019||51 days|
|Juan Manuel Rivera||Oaxaca||8 April 2019||18 days|
Promotion and relegation
- 1976–77: Tampico Madero bought San Luis's spot in first division
- 1977–78: Deportivo Neza is bought Laguna and took its spot.
- 1981–82: Tampico Madero bought Atletas Campesinos and took over its spot
- 1983–84: Ángeles de Puebla bought Oaxtepec and took over its spot
- 1988–89: Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz bought Potros Neza and took over its spot
- 1992–93: U.T. Neza changes its name to Toros Neza
- 1998–99: Puebla bought U.D Curtidores and took over its spot
- 1999–00: Irapuato gained automatic promotion as they won both tournaments.
- 2001–02: Veracruz gained automatic promotion due to expansion in first division
- 2009-10: Necaxa gained automatic promotion as they won both tournaments.
- 2012–13: Veracruz bought La Piedad's spot in first division
- 2013–14: Zacatepec bought Cruz Azul Hidalgo's spot in Ascenso MX.
- 2017–18: Tapachula were not certified to be promoted to Liga MX.
- includes Claro Sports
- includes ESPN 2
- includes Fox Sports 2
- includes SKY México,TDN and Univisión TDN
- includes TVC Deportes 2
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