Liga MX
Liga MX
Country Flag of Mexico Mexico
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 17 October 1943 (1943-10-17)
Number of teams 18
Relegation to Ascenso MX
Levels on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Copa MX
SuperCopa MX
Campeón de Campeones
CONCACAF cup(s) CONCACAF Champions League
Current champions América
(13th title) (Apertura 2018)
Most successful club América
(12 titles)
TV Sky
Tv Azteca
TVC deportes
Website Official website
Football current event 2018–19

The Liga MX is the top level of the Mexican football league system. Currently sponsored by BBVA through its Mexican subsidiary BBVA Bancomer, it is officially known as Liga BBVA Bancomer.

Each season, the league holds two tournaments: the Apertura, which starts in the summer, and the Clausura, which starts in the winter. As of 2017, the league comprises 18 clubs, with one being relegated every year (two tournaments) based upon its league performances over the previous three years. The first 8 teams in the table at the end of the regular phase of the tournament qualify to the liguilla ("mini-league", or "playoff"). Up until July 2011, the league was divided into 3 groups. The group formatting was removed in favor of a single-table format.

The league is considered the strongest in North America, and among the strongest in all of Latin America. According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, the league currently ranks 20th worldwide and was ranked as the 10th strongest league in the first decade of the 21st century (2001–2010). According to CONCACAF, the league – with an average attendance of 25,557 during the 2014–15 season – draws the largest crowds on average of any football league in the Americas and the third largest crowds of any professional sports league in North America, behind only the National Football League and Major League Baseball, and ahead of the Canadian Football League. It is also the fourth most attended football league in the world behind Germany's Bundesliga, England's Premier League and Spain's La Liga.

Of the 56 teams to have competed in the league, América has won the title 13 times, followed by Guadalajara (12), Toluca (10), Cruz Azul (8), León and Pumas UNAM (7), and Pachuca, Tigres UANL, and Santos Laguna (6). The current league champions are América, who won the Apertura 2018 tournament.


2018–19 season

The following 18 clubs will compete in the Liga MX during the 2018–19 season.

Team Position in
First season in
top division
in top
First season of
current spell in
top division
in Liga MX
Last top
division title
América 4th 1943–44941943–449413Apertura 2018
Atlas 11th 1943–44901979–805611950/51
BUAP 17th 2017–1822017–1820-
Cruz Azul 6th 1964–65721964–65728 Invierno 1997
Guadalajara 16th 1943–44941943–449412Clausura 2017
León 7th 1944–45692012–1367Clausura 2014
Monterrey 1st 1945–46781960–61764Apertura 2010
Morelia 5th 1957–58651981–82541Invierno 2000
Necaxa 9th 1951-52822015–1663Invierno 1998
Pachuca 12th 1967–68441998–99346Clausura 2016
Puebla 13th 1944–45732007–081621989/90
Querétaro 15th 1990–91222009–10120-
Santos Laguna 8th 1988–89301988–89306Clausura 2018
Tijuana 10th 2011–1282011–1281Apertura 2012
Toluca 2nd 1953–54831953–548310Bicentenario 2010
UANL 3rd 1974–75591997–98366Apertura 2017
UNAM 14th 1962–63741962–63747Clausura 2011
Veracruz 18th 1943–44532013–14621949/50

External links

Liga MX 2018-19

América · Atlas · BUAP · Cruz Azul · Guadalajara · León · Monterrey · Morelia · Necaxa · Pachuca · Puebla · Querétaro · Santos Laguna · Tijuana · Toluca · UANL · UNAM · Veracruz

Liga MX seasons

2015–16 · 2016–17 · 2017–18 · 2018–19 ·

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