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Promotion/Relegation for the 2018-19 Liga MX Season

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:

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Jaguares de Chiapas Relegated

Jaguares de Chiapas won their final game of the Clausura 2017 season, 0-1 against Atlas, but that victory was not enough to save them after Monarcas Morelia earned a dramatic win of their own.

Jaguares finish the season with a point-per-game average of 1.1471, the product of 117 points from 102 games – just one point less than Monarcas Morelia, who finished with 118 points from their 102 games, and level with Veracruz, who won the tiebreaker due to their superior goal difference.

Jaguares has had a turbulent history in recent years, including the original Jaguares de Chiapas team being relocated to Querétaro in 2013 while San Luis was brought in to become, officially, Chiapas Fútbol Club, the current Jaguares de Chiapas incarnation.

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Clausura 2017 Relegation Watch: One Game Remaining

The Clausura 2017 relegation fight will be decided on the final day. With one game left to play, relegation has come down to Jaguares de Chiapas and Monarcas Morelia.

Mathematically, Veracruz is still technically involved in the fight, but in reality the Tiburones Rojos are essentially safe as the only way they could be relegated is if they lose, Morelia and Jaguares both win, and Jaguares manage to overturn a 12-goal deficit in goal difference.

Current relegation standings:

16 Veracruz 117 101 1.1584 (-38 GD)
17 Morelia 115 101 1.1386 (-29 GD)
18 Jaguares 114 101 1.1287 (-50 GD)

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Clausura 2017 Relegation Watch: Two Games Remaining

The Clausura 2017 relegation fight is set to come right down to the wire. With two games left to play, there are four teams still mathematically involved in the relegation fight: Monarcas Morelia, Jaguares de Chiapas, Veracruz, and Puebla.

Current relegation standings:

15 Puebla 118 100 1.1800
16 Veracruz 114 100 1.1400
17 Jaguares 113 100 1.1300
18 Morelia 112 100 1.1200

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Clausura 2017 Relegation Watch: Three Games Remaining

With three games left to play in the Clausura 2017 season, there are four teams still mathematically involved in the relegation fight: Veracruz, Monarcas Morelia, Jaguares de Chiapas, and Puebla.

Current relegation standings:

# Team Points Games Average
15 Puebla 118 99 1.1919
16 Monarcas Morelia 112 99 1.1313
17 Jaguares de Chiapas 112 99 1.1313
18 Veracruz 111 99 1.1212

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Dorados de Sinaloa Relegated

logo Dorados de SinaloaThere are still three games left in the Clausura 2016 season, but Dorados de Sinaloa are mathematically unable to avoid relegation after their 5-2 loss to Tigres UANL in week 14.

Even if Dorados win out, they would still end the season with a lower point-per-game average than Monarcas Morelia – their closest rival in the Tabla de Cociente – would should they lose their remaining three games.

As a result, Dorados will be heading back to Ascenso MX after just one year in the first division.  Continue reading

Tigres UANL vs Dorados de Sinaloa – Jornada 14 Recap and Highlights

tigres doradosDorados de Sinaloa officially bid farewell to the first division with a 5-2 loss to Tigres UANL on Saturday night. The Sinaloans are now mathematically unable to avoid relegation and will be returning to Ascenso MX at the end of the Clausura 2016 season.

Dorados needed to win to have any chance of remaining alive in the relegation fight, but the game got off to a nightmare start for the visitors, who conceded the opening goal in the second minute of the match to Rafael Sobis.  Continue reading

Liga MX Announces Relegation Playoff

liga mxLiga MX has an unusual system of relegation, which is based on teams’ point-per-game averages over the past three years (six seasons), rather than a simple league table.

While that system usually means that only the consistently struggling teams get relegated – with one bad season not enough to drop a team out of the first division – it also means that newly promoted teams, without the buffer of past good seasons to strengthen their PPG average, often drop back into Ascenso MX the season following their promotion (as Leones Negros did in 2015 and Dorados are on the verge of in 2016).  Continue reading

Clausura 2016 Relegation Candidates

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Liga MX bids farewell to one team a year, with the team at the bottom of the Tabla de Cociente falling down to the second division, Ascenso MX, at the end of each Clausura season.

The way a team is picked for relegation in Mexico is rather unusual, with the team that has earned the lowest point-per-game average over the past three years (six seasons) being relegated. That means the team in last place in the general standings is often not the team in last place in the relegation standings.

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Cruz Azul vs Leones Negros – Jornada 17

cruz azul leones negrosLeones Negros earned a 0-2 win against 10-man Cruz Azul, but not even that victory was enough to save the Universidad de Guadalajara from relegation. To remain in Liga MX, Leones needed not only a win, but also a Puebla loss, and La Franja managed a 2-2 draw with Santos Laguna. The result was also a bitter one for the home team, as the loss eliminated La Máquina from playoff contention.

For about 25 minutes, it looked like Leones Negros might save themselves, as Jonathan González had put them in front at the same time that Puebla was losing to Santos. But Puebla’s comeback took the UdeG’s survival out of their hands, relegating them despite their victory.

González opened the scoring in the Estadio Azul in the 19th minute, when he ran on to a headed pass and shot from between two defenders to beat Jesús Corona. His goal was just Leones’ 12th of the season, with the worst offense in the league beating the defense that had posted five consecutive shutouts to start the season.

Cruz Azul needed to go in search of an equalizer, but they were hard-pressed to generate many dangerous chances. Roque Santa Cruz hit the post, but La Máquina could get no closer than that.

Their task became much harder in the 44th minute, when Christian “Chaco” Giménez was given a straight red card after insulting assistant referee José Luis Camargo. Down to ten men, Cruz Azul looked even less threatening and when González scored again in the 68th minute it was clear that there would be no comeback forthcoming.

However, the two-goal win was not enough for Leones Negros thanks to Puebla’s draw. Although the two ended up with the same point-per-game average of 1.0294, Leones Negros were relegated due to the goal difference tiebreaker.

With this result, the Universidad de Guadalajara bids farewell to the first division after just a single year, while Cruz Azul misses out on the playoffs for the second straight season.

With the 0-2 win, Leones Negros reach 18 points while Cruz Azul remains on 25.



Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Gerardo Flores, Francisco Rodríguez, Julio César Domínguez, Fausto Pinto, Christian Giménez, Gerardo Torrado, Rafael Baca, Joao Rojas, Alejandro Vela (José Carlos Toffolo 68′), Roque Santa Cruz.

Leones Negros: Humberto Hernández, Marcelo Alatorre, Héctor Reynoso, Leandro Cufré, Félix Araujo, Marc Crosas, Christian Díaz (Jorge Hernández 72′), Luis Fernando Télles, Jonathan González (Jairo González 83′), Juan Anangonó (Fernando Guerrero 62′), Fidel Martínez.