First-division soccer is returning to Juárez. The city was last in the top division in 2010, but the Indios were relegated are the Bicentenario tournament. In 2015, FC Juárez launched in the second division and came close to promotion a few times, but never quite made it up.
Now, current Liga MX team Lobos BUAP will be moving from Puebla to Chihuahua and taking on the Juárez name. Lobos will be replaced in Liga MX, Liga MX Femenil, and the U-20, U-17, U-15, U-13 youth leagues by this new incarnation of FC Juárez.
Liga MX approved the change at its general meeting, which it confirmed in a press release.
Lobos BUAP, in turn, acquired Juárez’s spot in Ascenso MX, but will not be fielding a team for the upcoming Apertura 2019 season, which leaves the second division with just 14 teams.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and for the fifth year, Liga MX’s annual pink-themed campaign for breast cancer awareness is being joined by a blue-themed campaign for prostrate cancer awareness.
As part of the campaign, Voit has introduced a new color scheme for the official match ball, with the orange and red flames of the #BeTheFire ball replaced with shades of pink, and the black text and logos on the ball replaced with blue.
Promotion and relegation in Liga MX is no longer as straightforward as it used to be. Not every Ascenso MX team is eligible for promotion, while the relegated Liga MX team has the opportunity to remain in the first division.
The Ascenso MX champion will move up to Liga MX only if they meet the requirements, including economic stability and transparency, proper infrastructure, and the ability to field U-20, U-17, U-15, U-13, and Liga MX Femenil teams from their first season in Liga MX.
Should the Ascenso MX champion not be one of those certified for promotion, the Liga MX team that was relegated will have the option to stay in the first division for 120 million pesos (about $6.5 million U.S.), which will be distributed as follows:
After the devastating earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, Liga MX has postponed this weekend’s Jornada 10 games.
In addition, Ascenso MX, Liga MX Femenil, and the U-20, U-17, and U-15 weekend games have all been postponed as well.
The decision was made after communication with local, state, and federal authorities, as well as to show solidarity with those affected by the quake. In announcing the postponements, Liga MX called on fans to contribute to donation centers and the Red Cross. Many Liga MX teams have turned their stadiums into collection points for bottled water, canned goods, and other needed supplies.
Ascenso MX has announced that only six of its 16 teams are eligible for promotion to Liga MX. Although all 16 teams will play the Apertura 2017 and Clausura 2018 season and compete for the league title, not all of them meet the requirements to earn promotion to the first division.
To advance to Liga MX, teams must have complete infrastructure, a training center independent of their stadium, and an academy or youth program (the “Fuerzas Basicas”).
After a 2-2 draw with Dorados de Sinaloa, which gave Lobos BUAP a 3-2 aggregate victory in the Final por el Ascenso promotion playoff, the licántropos have earned promotion to Liga MX for the first time in their history.
Dorados were looking to overturn their first-leg deficit, and it look them less than a minute to tie the aggregate. Moisés Velasco sent in a corner kick that Francisco Canales failed to deal with and the ball nestled into the back of the net. 1-0 on the night and 1-1 on aggregate.
Lobos BUAP took the advantage in the 2017 Promotion Playoff with a 1-0 victory over Dorados de Sinaloa in Saturday’s first leg.
Lobos came out looking to make their home-field advantage count, and they started the game at a good pace with dangerous chances coming early on. They hit the post and then saw a header by Diego Jiménez go just wide as they pressed for the opening goal.