Liga MX is gaining an extra team for the Apertura 2019-Clausura 2020 season.
Liga MX had previously introduced a mechanism for relegated teams to remain in the first division, which also introduced new requirements for Ascenso MX teams to be eligible for promotion – namely, economic stability, proper infrastructure, and the ability to field teams in the various youth divisions as well as Liga MX Femenil.
In the first season after the new process was introduced, the Ascenso MX champion – Cafetaleros de Tapachula – was not eligible for promotion, while the relegated Liga MX team – Lobos BUAP – paid the required 120 million pesos to remain in the first division.
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:
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.
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.
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.
There 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 →
Dorados 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 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 →
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.