Tercera División de México

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Liga TDP
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Founded 1967; 51 years ago (1967)
Country Mexico
Confederation CONCACAF
Divisions 13 groups
Number of teams 217
Level on pyramid 4
Promotion to Liga Premier
Current champions Acatlán
(2017–18)
Website 3radivision.net
2018–19 Liga TDP season

The Liga TDP is Mexico's fifth tier in the Mexican League System. The Tercera División (Third Division) is divided into 13 groups. For the 2009/2010 season, the format of the tournament has been reorganized to a home and away format, which all teams will play in their respective group. The 13 groups consist of teams who are eligible to play in the liguilla ascenso for one promotion spot, teams who are affiliated with teams in the Liga MX, Ascenso MX and Liga Premier, which are not eligible for promotion but will play that who the better filial team in an eight team filial playoff tournament for the entire season.

Teams[edit]

Participating clubs for the 2018–19 tournament:

* Teams with an affiliate in the Liga MX and that are not eligible for promotion.

** Teams with an affiliate in the Ascenso MX and that are not eligible for promotion.

*** Teams with an affiliate in the Liga Premier and that are not eligible for promotion.

Group I[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 15 teams in Group 1 (G1)

Group II[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 17 teams in Group 2 (G2)

Group III[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 15 teams in Group 3 (G3)

Group IV[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 20 teams in Group 4 (G4)

Group V[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 17 teams in Group 5 (G5)

Group VI[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 12 teams in Group 6 (G6)

Group VII[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 17 teams in Group 7 (G7)

Group VIII[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 19 teams in Group 8 (G8)

Group IX[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 19 teams in Group 9 (G9)

Group X[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 20 teams in Group 10 (G10)

Group XI[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 15 teams in Group 11 (G11)

Group XII[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 20 teams in Group 12 (G12)

Group XIII[edit]

(2018-2019) There are 12 teams in Group 13 (G13)

Current format[edit]

Tercera División currently features 215 teams divided into 13 groups. There are 8 teams with filials (affiliates) in the Liga MX (First Division) or Ascenso MX, who are not eligible for promotion. The Tercera follows the usual double round-robin format in which each club plays every other club twice within their own group.

The teams will be divided in accordance to their geographical zone. The teams in each subgroup of 13 will then play each other in the double round-robin format within their own subgroup. Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss. If a game ends in a draw both team are awarded one point for the draw in regulation time and will then move on to the execution of penalties. The team who wins in the penalty series will be awarded a point in addition to the point won for drawing during regulation time. Teams are ranked by total points won.

Qualification for promotion[edit]

One team from the Tercera Division will be promoted to Second Division de Mexico, Campeon (Champion). The champion will be promoted to the Liga Premier, depending on their economic development and infrastructure, this will be placed in the Serie A or Serie B. Until the 2016-17 season, the champion was promoted directly to the Serie A and the runner-up to the Serie B.

Of the teams that are eligible for promotion, 72 teams will qualify for play-offs to determine which team will be promoted. The inter-group play-offs, the elite 8, the final four and the finals will be played in a home and away format, the winner being determined by the aggregate score. Also, Participating in the play-offs is the 8 affiliate clubs without the right to be promoted to the Liga MX, Ascenso MX and Liga Premier.

Phase l[edit]

Intergroups

  • 1: Group 1 vs. Group 2
  • 2: Group 3 vs. Group 7
  • 3: Group 4 vs. Group 5 and 6
  • 4: Group 8 vs. Group 9
  • 5: Group 10 vs. Group 12
  • 6: Group 11 vs. Group 13

Information on Intergroup

  • For Each Group exclude Group 1, 6 and 13, top 6 teams qualifies to Playoffs. For Groups 1, 6 and 13, top 4 teams qualifies to Playoffs.
  • On April 18, 2018, after the agreement of the Executive Committee to review and adapt the Competition Regulations they announced major changes of the fase final por Ascenso and expanded the playoff field from 69 to 72

Phase ll[edit]

In this round, the remaining teams will play in a representing zone that they are in. The teams will be reseeded after Phase 1 based on their final overall record in regular season play.

Zone A

  • 1 vs. 20
  • 2 vs. 19
  • 3 vs. 18
  • 4 vs. 17
  • 5 vs. 16
  • 6 vs. 15
  • 7 vs. 14
  • 8 vs. 13
  • 9 vs. 12
  • 10 vs. 11

Zone B

  • 1 vs. 18
  • 2 vs. 17
  • 3 vs. 16
  • 4 vs. 15
  • 5 vs. 13
  • 6 vs. 13
  • 7 vs. 12
  • 8 vs. 11
  • 9 vs. 10

The lower seed in both Zone A (#20) and Zone B (#18) were eliminated from Phase 1 but advanced by overall percentage from the regular season

Phase lll[edit]

For this phase, the teams remaining from Phase 2 in their represent zone plays each other. The teams will be reseeded after Phase 2 based on their final overall record in regular season play.

Zone A

  • 1 vs. 10
  • 2 vs. 9
  • 3 vs. 8
  • 4 vs. 7
  • 5 vs. 6

Zone B

  • 1 vs. 10
  • 2 vs. 9
  • 3 vs. 8
  • 4 vs. 7
  • 5 vs. 6

The lower seed in Zone B (#10) were eliminated from Phase 2 but advanced by overall percentage from the regular season

Phase IV[edit]

For this phase, the remaining 12 teams (6 teams in each zone) will play against each other for a spot in the quarterfinals. The teams will be reseeded after Phase 3 based on their final overall record in regular season play.

Ascenso

  • 1 vs. 6
  • 2 vs. 5
  • 3 vs. 4

The lower seed in both Zone A and Zone B (#6) were eliminated from Phase 3 but advanced by overall percentage from the regular season

Phase V/Quarter-finals[edit]

For this phase (Ascenso only), the remaining 6 teams will play against based on their final overall record in regular season play. The teams will be reseeded after Phase 4 based on their final overall record in regular season play.

Ascenso

  • 1 vs. 6
  • 2 vs. 5
  • 3 vs. 4

Affiliate Teams

  • 1 vs. 8
  • 2 vs. 7
  • 3 vs. 6
  • 4 vs. 5

Semi-finals[edit]

For this phase (Ascenso only), the remaining 3 teams has two different scenarios: one team higher based on their final overall record in regular season play will earn an automatic berth to final; the other two will play each other for a spot in the final. Both finalists will be promoted to Segunda.

Ascenso

  • 1st - bye
  • 2nd vs. 3rd

Affiliate Teams

  • 1 vs. 4
  • 2 vs. 3

Final[edit]

The final will be disputed between the highest seed of playoffs and lowest seed of playoffs

Ascenso

  • 1 vs. 2

Affiliate Teams

  • 2 vs. 1
  • 1 vs. 2

Promotion[edit]

The team that wins in the aggregate score will be crowned champion and will be promoted to the Liga Premier. This team will be placed on Serie A or Serie B according to the social, sporting, financial and legal requirements of the Second Division.

Certification requirements[edit]

For Tercera Division Profesional Certificate be considered, you must meet the social, sporting, financial and legal requirements; Clubs who win promotion and get the support settlement letter from the Division to participate in the Segunda Division de Mexico complying with the following:

  • Having full legal rule and membership record with the corporate documents, legal and financial sport under the Rules of Affiliation, name and headquarters.
  • Facilities must comply with the guidelines by the Rules of Membership, Name and Headquarters and the Segunda Division de Mexico.
  • Having no debt in the Statement of the Division or at the FMF.

Champions[edit]

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