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Ascenso MX
Ascenso MX 2.svg
Founded 1994; 24 years ago (1994)
Country Mexico
Confederation CONCACAF
Number of teams 15
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Liga MX
Relegation to Liga Premier
Serie A
Domestic cup(s) Copa MX
SuperCopa MX
Current champions Tapachula (1st title)
(Clausura 2018)
Most championships León
Irapuato
Necaxa
Sinaloa (4 titles)
TV partners BARAL TV
Latin American Sports
Canal 44
Claro[1]
ESPN[2]
Fox Sports[3]
Telemax
Televisa[4]
TVC Deportes[5]
Website Official site
2018–19 Ascenso MX season

The Ascenso MX is the second professional level of the Mexican football league system.[6] The champion of the competition is promoted to Liga MX (top-flight division). The bottom team gets relegated to Liga Premier (the third tier). It is currently sponsored by BBVA through its Mexican subsidiary BBVA Bancomer, and thus officially known as Ascenso BBVA Bancomer.

Formerly known as Primera División A (First Division A) the league changed its name and competition format in 2009 to Liga de Ascenso. It was rebranded as Ascenso MX in 2012. The main changes are that clubs now do not need a FMF certification to get promoted and that the competition does not use group stages.

History

In 1994, in order to create a premier league, the Mexican Football Federation decided to upgrade the Second Division to "Primera División A" (First Division A) to bring closer together the level of play in the two tiers, Primera and Primera A. The project was under the direction of José Antonio García Rodríguez, president of the top-tier Primera Division at the time. He envisioned the new division to be joined by the best teams of the Segunda and include teams from the United States (Los Angeles Salsa and San Jose Black Hawks expressed desire to join). Upon review, FIFA did not authorize such integration. As a result, the new league was created instead with the best Second Division teams. The 1994-1995 season began with 15 teams: Acapulco, Atlético Celaya, Atlético San Francisco, Atlético Yucatán, Caimanes de Tabasco, Coras de Tepic, Gallos de Aguascalientes, Halcones de Querétaro, Inter Tijuana, Irapuato, Reboceros de La Piedad, Marte, Pachuca, San Luis, and Zacatepec. Cobras de Ciudad Juárez, which would have been the sixteenth team, declined to participate due to financial problems.

During the 2006 tournament, the number of teams increased from 20 to 24, forming two groups, A and B, divided by geographical areas.

In 2009, major changes occurred, with the most prominent being the name change from Primera Division A to Liga de Ascenso. The league was reduced to 17 teams and the groups were eliminated. Starting with the Apertura 2010 season, 18 teams participated. In 2012 the league was rebranded as Ascenso MX. The Alebrijes de Oaxaca was the 16th team of Ascenso MX starting 2013-2014 season. The Alebrijes was composed of the former Segunda Division team Tecamachalco which had won promotion into Ascenso MX in 2012, but did not fulfill infrastructural requirements set by the Mexican Football Federation. Club Zacatepec was also promoted to the Ascenso MX taking the spot of Pumas Morelos in August 2013. [7]

From the 2011–2016 seasons, Ascenso MX did not relegate a team to the Segunda División de México Liga Premier de Ascenso. However, on June 6, 2016, the president of the division announced a return to relegation to the Segunda División de México Liga Premier de Ascenso for the 2016–17 season after a five-year absence. Following this change, Loros UdeC and Murciélagos F.C. were relegated in the next two seasons.

Clubs

The following 15 clubs will compete in Ascenso MX during the 2018–19 season.[8]

Club City Stadium Capacity
Atlante Cancún, Quintana Roo Andrés Quintana Roo 17,289
Atlético San Luis San Luis Potosí City, San Luis Potosí Alfonso Lastras 25,111
Celaya Celaya, Guanajuato Miguel Alemán Valdés 23,182
Juárez Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua Olímpico Benito Juárez 19,703
Oaxaca Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Tecnológico de Oaxaca 14,598
Sinaloa Culiacán, Sinaloa Banorte 20,108
Sonora Hermosillo, Sonora Héroe de Nacozari 18,747
Tampico Madero Tampico / Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas Tamaulipas 19,667
Tapachula Tapachula, Chiapas Olímpico de Tapachula 18,017
UAEM Toluca, State of Mexico Universitario Alberto "Chivo" Córdoba 32,603
UAT Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas Marte R. Gómez 10,520
UdeG Guadalajara, Jalisco Jalisco 55,020
Venados Mérida, Yucatán Carlos Iturralde 15,087
Zacatecas Zacatecas City, Zacatecas Carlos Vega Villalba 20,068
Zacatepec Zacatepec, Morelos Agustín "Coruco" Díaz 24,313

Champions

Club Winners Runner-Up Winning Seasons
León 4 3 Verano 2003, Clausura 2004, Clausura 2008, Clausura 2012
Necaxa 4 2 Apertura 2009, Clausura 2010, Apertura 2014, Clausura 2016
Irapuato †† 4 2 Invierno 1999, Verano 2000, Apertura 2002, Clausura 2011
Sinaloa 4 4 Apertura 2003, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2015, Apertura 2016
Querétaro 3 0 Clausura 2005, Clausura 2006, Apertura 2008
La Piedad †† 2 3 Verano 2001, Apertura 2012
Pachuca 2 1 1995-96, Invierno 1997
San Luis †††† 2 1 Verano 2002, Apertura 2004
Puebla 2 0 Apertura 2005, Apertura 2006
UANL 2 0 Invierno 1996, Verano 1997
Tijuana 1 2 Apertura 2010
UAT 1 2 Apertura 2011
Juárez 1 2 Apertura 2015
Veracruz 1 1 Invierno 2001
Toros Neza †††† 1 1 Clausura 2013
Indios †††† 1 1 Apertura 2007
Tigrillos UANL †††† 1 1 Verano 1998
BUAP 1 1 Clausura 2017
UdeG 1 1 Apertura 2013
Venados 1 0 Clausura 2009
Tecos †† 1 0 Clausura 2013
Gallos Hidrocálidos de Aguascalientes †††† 1 0 Invierno 2000
Unión de Curtidores †††† 1 0 Verano 1999
Yucatán †††† 1 0 Invierno 1998
Atlético Celaya †††† 1 0 1994-1995
Oaxaca 1 0 Apertura 2017
Tapachula 1 0 Clausura 2018
Cruz Azul Hidalgo †† 0 3
Zacatepec 0 2
Atlante 0 2
Atlético San Luis 0 1
Tepic †† 0 1
Salamanca ††† 0 1
Atlético Hidalgo †††† 0 1
Atlético Mexiquense †††† 0 1
Chivas Tijuana †††† 0 1
Cobras †††† 0 1
Gallos Blancos de Hermosillo †††† 0 1
Real Sociedad de Zacatecas †††† 0 1
Tapatío †††† 0 1

† Teams currently in the Liga MX
†† Teams currently in the Liga Premier
††† Teams currently in the Amateur Levels
†††† Defunct teams

Media coverage

TV broadcast rights
Team Mexico Broadcaster United States Broadcaster Day Time*
Atlante Televisa Friday 8:00 PM
Atlético San Luis Televisa Friday 8:00 PM
Celaya TV CUATRO Saturday 7:00 PM
Juárez ESPN ESPN Deportes Saturday 8:00 PM
Oaxaca Televisa Saturday 7:00 PM
Sinaloa ESPN ESPN Deportes Saturday 9:00 PM
Sonora TVC Deportes / Telemax Friday 9:36 PM
Tampico Madero Fox Sports Fox Deportes Friday 9:00 PM
Tapachula BARAL TV GOL TV Saturday 7:00 PM
UAEM TVC Deportes Friday 7:00 PM
UAT Televisa Friday 8:00 PM
UdeG Canal 44 Sunday 12:00 PM
Venados BARAL TV / Claro GOL TV Friday 8:30 PM
Zacatecas Fox Sports / Claro Saturday 4:00 PM
Zacatepec Televisa GOL TV Saturday 5:00 PM
  1. ^ All match times are UTC−06:00.

Sponsorship

BBVA Bancomer was named the league's official sponsor in 2015.

The league's current sponsor is BBVA Bancomer, thus making the league's official name Ascenso BBVA Bancomer. The official match ball is manufactured by Voit.

Managers

The current managers in Ascenso MX are:

Nat. Name Club Appointed Time as manager
Mexico Jorge Dávalos UdeG 25 May 2017 1 year, 175 days
Argentina Andrés Carevic Zacatecas 30 November 2017 351 days
Mexico Alfonso Sosa Atlético San Luis 19 February 2018 270 days
Mexico Juan Carlos Chávez UAT 21 May 2018 179 days
Mexico Héctor Altamirano Sonora 29 May 2018 171 days
Mexico Gabriel Caballero Juárez 4 June 2018 165 days
Argentina Gabriel Pereyra Atlante 5 June 2018 164 days
Mexico Ricardo Rayas Oaxaca 5 June 2018 164 days
Mexico Enrique Maximiliano Meza Celaya 5 July 2018 134 days
Mexico Diego de la Torre Tapachula 29 August 2018 79 days
Mexico Miguel de Jesús Fuentes Tampico Madero 6 September 2018 71 days
Argentina Diego Armando Maradona Sinaloa 10 September 2018 67 days
Mexico Joel Sánchez Venados 19 September 2018 58 days
Argentina Ricardo Valiño Zacatepec 3 October 2018 44 days
Mexico David Rangel UAEM 23 October 2018 24 days

Promotion and relegation

Relegation and Promotion by Club
Club Promotions Relegations
Zacatepec 5 (1950–51, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1977–78, 1983–84) 1 (2013–14*)
San Luis †††† 4 (1970–71, 1975–76, 2001–02, 2004–05)
Querétaro 4 (México 86, 1989–90, 2005–06, 2008–09)
Pachuca 4 (1966–67, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98)
Irapuato †† 4 (1953–54, 1984–85, 1999–2000*, 2002–03) 1 (2005–06)
Atlas 3 (1954–55, 1971–72, 1978–79)
Puebla 3 (1969–70, 1998–99, 2006–07)
Unión de Curtidores †††† 3 (1973–74, 1982–83, 1998–99*)
Reboceros de La Piedad †† 3 (1951–52, 2000–01, 2012–13*)
Tampico Madero 3 (1958–59, 1964–65, 1972–73)
Necaxa 2 (2009–10, 2015–16)
Dorados de Sinaloa 2 (2003–04, 2014–15)
Leones Negros UdeG 2 (1973–74, 2013–14)
Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz 2 (1963–64, 2001–02*)
Real Zamora †† 2 (1954–55, 1956–57)
Atlante 2 (1976–77, 1990–91)
Monterrey 2 (1955–56, 1959–60)
Monarcas Morelia 2 (1956–57, 1980–81)
Tigres UANL 2 (1973–74, 1996–97)
León 2 (1989–90, 2011–12)
Toros Neza †††† 2 (1988–89, 1992–93)
Cobras de Ciudad Juárez †††† 2 (PRODE 1985, 1987–88)
Atlético Celaya †††† 2 (1957–58, 1994–95)
Petroleros de Ciudad Madero †††† 2 (1964–65, 1972–73)
Atlas 2 (1954–55, 1971–72)
Atlético Potosino †††† 1 (1973–74)
Correcaminos UAT 1 (1986–87)
Indios de Ciudad Juárez †††† 1 (2007–08)
Tecos †† 1 (1974–75)
Atlético Yucatán †††† 1 (1998–99)
Toluca 1 (1952–53)
Cuautla †† 1 (1954–55)
Nacional †††† 1 (1960–61)
UNAM 1 (1961–62)
Cruz Azul 1 (1963–64)
Laguna †††† 1 (1967–68)
Jabatos de Nuevo León †††† 1 (1965–66)
Torreón †††† 1 (1968–69)
Oaxtepec †††† 1 (1981–82)
Potros Neza †††† 1 (1988–89)
Atletas Campesinos †††† 1 (1979–80)
Tijuana 1 (2010–11) 1 (2007–08)
Tepic †† 1 (2013–14) 1 (1995–96)
Lobos BUAP 1 (2016–17)
Cafetaleros de Tapachula 1 (2017–18*)
Murciélagos 1 (2017–18)
Loros UdeC †† 1 (2016–17)
Pumas Morelos †††† 1 (2012–13)
Caimanes de Tabasco †††† 1 (1994–95)
Inter Tijuana †††† 1 (1996–97)
Marte †††† 1 (1997–98)
Atlético San Francisco ††† 1 (1998–99)
Gavilanes de Nuevo Laredo †††† 1 (2002–03)
Trotamundos de Tijuana †††† 1 (2003–04)
Altamira †††† 1 (2004–05)
Dorados de Tijuana †††† 1 (2005–06)
Monarcas Morelia "A" †††† 1 (2006–07)
Halcones de Querétaro †††† 2 (1999–00, 2000–01)
Jaguares de Tapachula †††† 2 (2003–04, 2008–09)

† Teams currently in the Liga MX
†† Teams currently in the Liga Premier
††† Teams currently in the Amateur Levels
†††† Defunct teams

Notes:

Top scorers

Year Name Team Goals
1994-95 Brazil Marco de Almeida Marte 15
1995-96 Argentina Lorenzo Sáez Pachuca 30
Invierno 96 Brazil Nílson Esidio Mora UANL 11
Verano 97 Mexico Ángel Lemus
Honduras Carlos Pavón
Irapuato
UAT
12
Invierno 97 Colombia Niver Arboleda Zacatepec 17
Verano 98 Uruguay Daniel Fasciolli
Uruguay Carlos Morales
Brazil Valtencir Gomes
UAT
Pachuca
Tigrillos UANL
12
Invierno 98 Argentina Cristián Ariel Morales Irapuato 19
Verano 99 Mexico Ángel Lemus San Luis 16
Invierno 99 Argentina Cristián Ariel Morales Irapuato 17
Verano 2000 Spain Carlos Muñoz
Emmanuel Sacramento
BUAP 15
Invierno 2000 Mexico Christian Patiño La Piedad 16
Verano 01 Uruguay Héctor Giménez Aguascalientes 16
Invierno 01 Argentina Héctor Álvarez Tampico-Madero 16
Verano 02 Argentina Ariel González Querétaro 15
Apertura 02 Argentina Héctor Álvarez Zacatepec 23
Clausura 03 Argentina Héctor Álvarez Zacatepec 16
Apertura 03 Argentina Héctor Álvarez León 17
Clausura 04 Argentina Mauro Gerk
Mexico Francisco Bravo
Celaya
Zacatepec
18
Apertura 04 Argentina Ariel González San Luis 16
Clausura 05 Argentina Rubén Darío Gigena Cruz Azul Hidalgo 17
Apertura 05 Mexico Mauricio Romero Sonora 16
Clausura 06 Argentina Diego Olsina Coatzacoalcos 15
Apertura 06 Uruguay Álvaro González Puebla 14
Clausura 07 Uruguay Álvaro González Puebla 16
Apertura 07 Mexico Mauricio Romero León 14
Clausura 08 Paraguay Freddy Bareiro León 17
Apertura 08 Argentina Mauro Gerk
Mexico Raúl Enríquez
Querétaro
Tijuana
14
Clausura 09 Uruguay Sebastián Maz Sinaloa 15
Apertura 09 Argentina Ariel González Irapuato 11
Bicentenario 2010 Argentina Ariel González
Argentina Carlos Casartelli
Irapuato
León
11
Apertura 10 Brazil Eder Pacheco Durango 13
Clausura 2011 Panama Blas Pérez León 14
Apertura 11 Argentina Nicolás Saucedo UAT 11
Clausura 2012 Uruguay Sebastián Maz León 13
Apertura 12 Mexico Víctor Lojero
Mexico Rodrigo Prieto
Necaxa
Neza
11
Clausura 2013 Mexico Víctor Lojero Necaxa 12
Apertura 2013 Paraguay Gustavo Ramírez Oaxaca 11
Clausura 2014 Panama Roberto Nurse UAT 12
Apertura 2014 Mexico Diego Jiménez
Venezuela Giancarlo Maldonado
BUAP
Atlante
10
Clausura 2015 Panama Roberto Nurse
Brazil Leandro Carrijó
Sinaloa
Atlético San Luis
10
Apertura 2015 Ecuador Carlos Garcés Atlante 10
Clausura 2016 Mexico Ismael Valadéz Tapachula 10
Apertura 2016 Panama Roberto Nurse Zacatecas 16
Clausura 2017 Mexico Diego Jiménez BUAP 10
Apertura 2017 Mexico Luis Madrigal Oaxaca 12
Clausura 2018 Mexico Guillermo Martínez Zacatecas 11
Apertura 2018 Argentina Nicolás Ibáñez
Panama Roberto Nurse
Atlético San Luis
Zacatecas
8

References

  1. ^ includes Claro Sports
  2. ^ includes ESPN 2
  3. ^ includes Fox Sports 2
  4. ^ includes SKY México,TDN and Univisión TDN
  5. ^ includes TVC Deportes 2
  6. ^ "Nace la Liga de Ascenso". www.femexfut.org.mx. 2009-06-22. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
  7. ^ "Nacen los Guerreros de Oaxaca :: Deportes". televisadeportes.esmas.com.
  8. ^ Die 18 Mannschaften in der Liga de Ascenso 2010/11 Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine. (Spanish; retrieved on May 27, 2010)

External links

  • Official website
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