Ascenso MX

Ascenso MX is the second tier of professional football in Mexico of the Mexican football league system.[6] The champion of the competition is promoted to Liga MX (top-flight tier). The bottom team is 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 MX.

Ascenso MX
Founded1994 (1994)
CountryMexico
ConfederationCONCACAF
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toLiga MX
Relegation toLiga Premier
Serie A
Domestic cup(s)Copa MX
SuperCopa MX
Current championsAlebrijes de Oaxaca (2nd title)
(Apertura 2019)
Most championshipsLeón
Irapuato
Necaxa
Sinaloa (4 titles)
TV partnersCanal 44
Claro[1]
ESPN[2]
Fox Sports[3]
Telemax
Televisa[4]
TVC Deportes[5]
TVCUATRO
WebsiteOfficial site
2019–20 Ascenso MX season

Formerly known as Primera División A (First Division A) the league rebranded in 2009 its name and competition format to Liga de Ascenso. It was rebranded in 2012 as Ascenso MX. The major changes: clubs do not need a FMF certification to be promoted and that the competition no longer used 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, the then president of the then top-tier Primera Division. 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 who expressed a desire to join). FIFA declined the integration but did establish a new league with the best Segunda División sides. The inaugural 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 declined to participate due to financial problems.

In 2006, the number of teams increased from 20 to 24, and geographically separated into two groups for preliminary competition (A and B).

In 2009, the major changes were: the name change from Primera División to Liga de Ascenso. The league was reduced to 17 teams and the groups were eliminated. Apertura 2010 had 18 teams participating. In 2012 the league was rebranded as Ascenso MX. In 2013 Alebrijes de Oaxaca was the 16th team of Ascenso MX. Alebrijes was partly formed by consolidating Segunda División side Tecamachalco which had won promotion to Ascenso MX in 2012, but did not fulfill infrastructural requirements set by the Mexican Football Federation. In August 2013, Club Zacatepec was promoted to Ascenso MX in place of relegated Pumas Morelos. [7]

In Ascenso MX editions 2011–2016, no team was relegated to Segunda División de México Liga Premier de Ascenso. On June 6, 2016, returned to relegation to the Segunda División de México Liga Premier de Ascenso for the 2016–17 season. Loros UdeC and Murciélagos F.C. were relegated in the next two seasons. In 2018–19 season, Tampico Madero F.C. finished in the last place of the relegation table, but the team remained in Ascenso MX after paying a bail.

Clubs

2019–20 season will have 14 clubs competing.[8]

Club City Stadium Capacity
Atlante Cancún, Quintana Roo Andrés Quintana Roo 17,289
Celaya Celaya, Guanajuato Miguel Alemán Valdés 23,182
Chiapas Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas Víctor Manuel Reyna 29,001
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
UAEM Toluca, State of Mexico Universitario Alberto "Chivo" Córdoba 32,603
UAT Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas Marte R. Gómez 10,520
UdeC Colima City, Colima Olímpico Universitario de Colima 11,812
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
Sinaloa46Apertura 2003, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2015, Apertura 2016
León43Verano 2003, Clausura 2004, Clausura 2008, Clausura 2012
Necaxa42Apertura 2009, Clausura 2010, Apertura 2014, Clausura 2016
Irapuato ††42Invierno 1999, Verano 2000, Apertura 2002, Clausura 2011
Querétaro30Clausura 2005, Clausura 2006, Apertura 2008
La Piedad ††23Verano 2001, Apertura 2012
Atlético San Luis21Apertura 2018, Clausura 2019
Pachuca211995-96, Invierno 1997
San Luis ††††21Verano 2002, Apertura 2004
Puebla20Apertura 2005, Apertura 2006
UANL20Invierno 1996, Verano 1997
Oaxaca20Apertura 2017, Apertura 2019
Tijuana12Apertura 2010
UAT12Apertura 2011
Juárez12Apertura 2015
Veracruz †11Invierno 2001
Toros Neza ††††11Clausura 2013
Indios ††††11Apertura 2007
Tigrillos UANL ††††11Verano 1998
BUAP11Clausura 2017
UdeG11Apertura 2013
Venados10Clausura 2009
Tecos ††10Clausura 2013
Gallos Hidrocálidos de Aguascalientes ††††10Invierno 2000
Unión de Curtidores ††††10Verano 1999
Yucatán ††††10Invierno 1998
Atlético Celaya ††††101994-1995
Tapachula10Clausura 2018
Cruz Azul Hidalgo ††03
Zacatepec03
Atlante02
Tepic ††01
Salamanca †††01
Atlético Hidalgo ††††01
Atlético Mexiquense ††††01
Chivas Tijuana ††††01
Cobras ††††01
Gallos Blancos de Hermosillo ††††01
Real Sociedad de Zacatecas ††††01
Tapatío ††††01

† 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 U.S. Broadcaster Day Time*
AtlanteTelevisaFriday8:00 PM
CelayaClaro / TV CUATRONuestra VisiónSunday12:00 PM
ChiapasTelevisaSaturday7:00 PM
OaxacaClaroNuestra VisiónSaturday5:00 PM
SinaloaClaro / ESPNESPN Deportes[Note 1]Saturday9:00 PM
SonoraTelemax / TVC DeportesGOL TVSaturday9:00 PM
Tampico MaderoFox SportsFox DeportesFriday7:00 PM
UAEMTVC DeportesGOL TVFriday5:00 PM
UATTelevisaFriday8:08 PM
UdeCTVC DeportesGOL TVSaturday5:00 PM
UdeGCanal 44 / TVC DeportesSunday12:00 PM
VenadosClaro / ESPN / TeleSurFriday9:00 PM
ZacatecasClaro / Fox SportsNuestra VisiónFriday7:00 PM
ZacatepecTelevisaGOL TVSaturday5:00 PM
  1. ^ Matches not aired on ESPN Deportes are streamed on ESPN3.
  2. ^ All match times are UTC−06:00.

Sponsorship

BBVA México is the league's current sponsor, and uses the brand name Ascenso BBVA MX. The official match ball is manufactured by Voit.

Managers

The current managers in Ascenso MX are:

Nat. Name Club Appointed Time as manager
Víctor Hugo Mora UdeC 28 February 2011 8 years, 168 days
Ricardo Valiño Zacatepec 3 October 2018 1 year, 71 days
Isaac Morales Sonora 16 December 2018 362 days
Oscar Torres Zacatecas 15 May 2019 212 days
Alex Diego Atlante 15 May 2019 212 days
Alejandro Pérez Oaxaca 10 June 2019 186 days
Héctor Altamirano Celaya 19 September 2019 85 days
Diego de la Torre Chiapas 6 October 2019 68 days
Raúl Gutiérrez UAEM 22 October 2019 52 days
Jorge Dávalos UdeG 29 October 2019 45 days
Roberto Hernández UAT 28 November 2019 15 days
Gerardo Espinoza Tampico Madero 28 November 2019 15 days
David Patiño Sinaloa 4 December 2019 9 days
Carlos Gutiérrez Venados 10 December 2019 3 days

Promotion and relegation

Relegation and Promotion by Club
Club Promotions Relegations
Zacatepec5 (1950–51, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1977–78, 1983–84)1 (2013–14*)
San Luis ††††4 (1970–71, 1975–76, 2001–02, 2004–05)
Querétaro4 (México 86, 1989–90, 2005–06, 2008–09)
Pachuca4 (1966–67, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98)
Irapuato ††4 (1953–54, 1984–85, 1999–2000*, 2002–03)1 (2005–06)
Atlas3 (1954–55, 1971–72, 1978–79)
Puebla3 (1969–70, 1998–99, 2006–07)
Unión de Curtidores ††††3 (1973–74, 1982–83, 1998–99*)
La Piedad ††3 (1951–52, 2000–01, 2012–13*)
Tampico Madero3 (1958–59, 1964–65, 1972–73)
Necaxa2 (2009–10, 2015–16)
Sinaloa2 (2003–04, 2014–15)
UdeG2 (1973–74, 2013–14)
Veracruz †2 (1963–64, 2001–02*)
Zamora ††2 (1954–55, 1956–57)
Atlante2 (1976–77, 1990–91)
Monterrey2 (1955–56, 1959–60)
Morelia2 (1956–57, 1980–81)
UANL2 (1973–74, 1996–97)
León2 (1989–90, 2011–12)
Toros Neza ††††2 (1988–89, 1992–93)
Cobras ††††2 (PRODE 1985, 1987–88)
Atlético Celaya ††††2 (1957–58, 1994–95)
Ciudad Madero ††††2 (1964–65, 1972–73)
Atlético Potosino ††††1 (1973–74)
UAT1 (1986–87)
Indios de Ciudad Juárez ††††1 (2007–08)
UAG ††1 (1974–75)
Atlético Yucatán ††††1 (1998–99)
Toluca1 (1952–53)
Cuautla ††1 (1954–55)
Nacional ††††1 (1960–61)
UNAM1 (1961–62)
Cruz Azul1 (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)
Tijuana1 (2010–11)1 (2007–08)
Tepic ††1 (2013–14)1 (1995–96)
BUAP1 (2016–17)
Tapachula1 (2017–18*)
Atlético San Luis1 (2018–19)
Murciélagos ††1 (2017–18)
UdeC1 (2016–17)
Pumas Morelos ††††1 (2012–13)
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 Marco de AlmeidaMarte15
1995–96 Lorenzo SáezPachuca30
Invierno 96 Nílson Esidio MoraUANL11
Verano 97 Ángel Lemus
Carlos Pavón
Irapuato
UAT
12
Invierno 97 Niver ArboledaZacatepec17
Verano 98 Daniel Fasciolli
Carlos Morales
Valtencir Gomes
UAT
Pachuca
Tigrillos UANL
12
Invierno 98 Cristián Ariel MoralesIrapuato19
Verano 99 Ángel LemusSan Luis16
Invierno 99 Cristián Ariel MoralesIrapuato17
Verano 2000 Carlos Muñoz
Emmanuel Sacramento
BUAP15
Invierno 2000 Christian PatiñoLa Piedad16
Verano 01 Héctor GiménezAguascalientes16
Invierno 01 Héctor ÁlvarezTampico-Madero16
Verano 02 Ariel GonzálezQuerétaro15
Apertura 02 Héctor ÁlvarezZacatepec23
Clausura 03 Héctor ÁlvarezZacatepec16
Apertura 03 Héctor ÁlvarezLeón17
Clausura 04 Mauro Gerk
Francisco Bravo
Celaya
Zacatepec
18
Apertura 04 Ariel GonzálezSan Luis16
Clausura 05 Rubén Darío GigenaCruz Azul Hidalgo17
Apertura 05 Mauricio RomeroSonora16
Clausura 06 Diego OlsinaCoatzacoalcos15
Apertura 06 Álvaro GonzálezPuebla14
Clausura 07 Álvaro GonzálezPuebla16
Apertura 07 Mauricio RomeroLeón14
Clausura 08 Freddy BareiroLeón17
Apertura 08 Mauro Gerk
Raúl Enríquez
Querétaro
Tijuana
14
Clausura 09 Sebastián MazSinaloa15
Apertura 09 Ariel GonzálezIrapuato11
Bicentenario 2010 Ariel González
Carlos Casartelli
Irapuato
León
11
Apertura 10 Eder PachecoDurango13
Clausura 2011 Blas PérezLeón14
Apertura 11 Nicolás SaucedoUAT11
Clausura 2012 Sebastián MazLeón13
Apertura 12 Víctor Lojero
Rodrigo Prieto
Necaxa
Neza
11
Clausura 2013 Víctor LojeroNecaxa12
Apertura 2013 Gustavo RamírezOaxaca11
Clausura 2014 Roberto NurseUAT12
Apertura 2014 Diego Jiménez
Giancarlo Maldonado
BUAP
Atlante
10
Clausura 2015 Roberto Nurse
Leandro Carrijó
Sinaloa
Atlético San Luis
10
Apertura 2015 Carlos GarcésAtlante10
Clausura 2016 Ismael ValadézTapachula10
Apertura 2016 Roberto NurseZacatecas16
Clausura 2017 Diego JiménezBUAP10
Apertura 2017 Luis MadrigalOaxaca12
Clausura 2018 Guillermo MartínezZacatecas11
Apertura 2018 Nicolás Ibáñez
Roberto Nurse
Atlético San Luis
Zacatecas
8
Clausura 2019 Nicolás IbáñezAtlético San Luis11
Apertura 2019 Víctor MañónU. de C.8

References

  1. includes Claro Sports
  2. includes ESPN 2
  3. includes Fox Sports 2
  4. includes SKY México and TUDN
  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)
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