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Date R Home vs Away -
08/09 02:00 6 [6] Tijuana Women vs Pachuca Women [12] 3-3
08/09 00:00 6 [14] Juarez FC Women vs Atlas Women [10] 0-2
08/09 00:00 6 [11] Leon Women vs Club America Women [4] 2-2
08/08 22:00 6 [18] Necaxa Women vs Monterrey Women [8] 0-4
08/08 01:05 6 [1] Chivas Guadalajara Women vs Toluca Women [5] 2-0
08/06 22:00 6 [3] Unam Pumas Women vs Atletico San Luis Women [17] 3-0
08/06 17:00 6 [8] Cruz Azul Women vs Santos Laguna Women [12] 0-1
08/06 00:00 6 [3] Tigres UANL Women vs Puebla Women [15] 4-1
08/05 22:05 6 [17] Queretaro Women vs Mazatlan FC Women [14] 2-2
08/02 02:00 5 [18] Mazatlan FC Women vs Puebla Women [13] 1-0
08/02 02:00 5 [8] Monterrey Women vs Juarez FC Women [14] 1-1
08/02 00:00 5 [11] Santos Laguna Women vs Leon Women [12] 1-2

Wikipedia - Liga MX Femenil

The Liga MX Femenil, officially known as the Liga BBVA MX Femenil for sponsorship reasons, is the highest division of women's football in Mexico. Supervised by the Mexican Football Federation, this professional league has 18 teams, each coinciding with a Liga MX squad. Following the same schedule as the men's league, each season has two halves: an apertura tournament, which takes place from July to December, and a clausura tournament, which takes place from January to May. The league's first official competitions took place in May 2017 via the Copa MX Femenil, while the inaugural season began in July 2017. Liga MX CEO Enrique Bonilla stated the league was created in order to nurture the stars of the Mexico women's national football team and build an infrastructure for women's football nationwide.

The current champions are C.D. Guadalajara who defeated C.F. Pachuca in 4–3 aggregate in the final on 23 May 2022.

History

Liga Mexicana de Fútbol Femenil

In 2007, there was an attempt to professionalize women's football in Mexico via the Liga Mexicana de Fútbol Femenil. While the league did foster some success, particularly when Mexico's national team beat the United States for the first time in 2010, it did not have a major sponsorship and lacked media coverage. Likewise, major clubs, such as Chivas de Guadalajara, pulled their support. As a result, the league was relegated to semi-professional status.[]

NWSL

In 2012, the United States Soccer Federation, the Canadian Soccer Association, the Mexican Football Federation, the USL W-League, and the Women's Premier Soccer League met to form the National Women's Soccer League. With its inaugural season in 2013, during which Mexican player Renae Cuéllar scored the first ever goal for the league, Mexico allocated players in an effort to build talent in North America. However, by 2016, the Mexican Football Federation announced it would no longer allocate players, which foreshadowed the Liga MX Femenil.

First team

Marbella Ibarra was an enthusiastic football advocate interceded with Xolos of Tijuana to persuade them to create a women's team in 2014. Andrea Rodebaugh, former national team player and U-20 women's national team coach, took the helm during the program's stint in the Women's Premier Soccer League

A New Mexican League

Preparation

In December 2016, during a general assembly meeting with all Liga MX club owners in the new Mexican Football Federation headquarters, Liga MX CEO Enrique Bonilla announced the formation of the new Liga MX Femenil. In an effort to grow and build talent within Mexico, he announced that 16 Liga MX clubs (excluding Puebla and Chiapas due to financial problems) would field U-23 rosters with four U-17 players and up to two overage players.

Before the inaugural season the teams took part in a domestic cup called Copa MX Femenil in May 2017. The tournament took place between 3 May and 6 May 2017 with only 12 of the 16 teams participating due to four not having a team ready. Pachuca won the final 9–1 against Club Tijuana.

First season

The first Apertura matches were played on 28 July 2017. The Chivas won the league championship on November 24, 2017, defeating Pachuca in the last match of a two-match playoff. The two matches drew record-setting crowds of 28,955 and 32,466 spectators, respectively.

Commentator Glenn Moore declared the Liga MX Femenil to have concluded a "very successful debut campaign."

Regulations

During the inaugural season, teams were expected to field U-23 rosters; four slots were reserved for U-17 players, while two were for overage players. All players had to be born in Mexico. Additionally, the sixteen teams were split into two groups. Teams in each group played each other twice per season. The top two teams from each group advanced to the playoffs, which would be a semifinal of two matches (home and away) followed by a final, also of two matches.

After the first season, the rules mostly stayed the same. However, the U-23 limit was raised to U-24. As for the playoffs, they were expanded to eight teams. The top four teams from each group moved on to the liguilla, with the top team from one group playing the fourth ranked team from the other in the quarterfinals.

For the third season, the age limit was raised to 25, but each team was allowed to field up to 6 overage players at a time. In addition, the groups were undone, so each team would play each other at least once during the season. Foreign-born Mexican players were also allowed to play, with up to six allowed per team. This decision brought in more players from the NCAA as well as from the NWSL and Spain's Primera División.

For the fourth season, the overage limit was removed, though the teams were required to allocate minutes to younger players.

For the fifth season, Liga MX Femenil allows each team to field two foreign-born non-Mexican players. On 25 June 2021, Tigres UANL became the first league side to do make use of this option, by signing Stefany Ferrer, a Spaniard of Brazilian descent who had started her career in her native Spain and had also played in the United States. On the other hand, Guadalajara is the only team that does not resort to this type of signings, following the club's policy to only sign players that represent Mexico. The league also began its inaugural U-17 division; America won the initial season.

Beginning with the sixth season, Liga MX Femenil will implement VAR in the playoffs phase of the tournament. International players spots will also increase from 2 to 4 per team.

Notable Results

The league set history as the final between Monterrey and Tigres was the highest attended club match in women's soccer history, with a total of 51,211 fans attending the match played at the Estadio BBVA. After the Spanish final of 2019, that record was broken, but Mexico still holds 7 out of the 10 highest attendance records for club games. This is in addition to Mexico's record for highest attendance of any women's sporting event, which took place during the 1971 Women's World Cup Final in the Estadio Azteca.

On October 5, 2019, the Liga MX Femenil and the NWSL hosted their first ever international friendly. Tigres hosted their fellow CONCACAF rivals the Houston Dash in the Estadio Universitario. Tigres won that match 2–1. The following year, Houston won the inaugural Challenge Cup, while Tigres finished second in the Apertura 2019.

Club Changes

During the inaugural season, 16 out of 18 of the Liga MX teams fielded a women's squad. Chiapas and Puebla were given a pass given their financial struggles. However, by the second season, all 18 teams fielded a squad. By then, Chiapas had been relegated to Ascenso MX, while Lobos BUAP had been promoted to the top division. As such, Lobos BUAP and Puebla both had women's squads.

For the third season, the field expanded to 19 teams, as Atlético San Luis was promoted to Liga MX while no team was relegated. Their promotion also introduced Atlético San Luis Femenil. Additionally, Lobos BUAP was bought by then-second division FC Juárez, so the women's team moved from Puebla to Juárez to form FC Juárez Femenil. After the Apertura 2019, Veracruz folded, and with it meant the Tiburonas were now a defunct club as well, bringing the league back down to 18 teams.

Sponsorships

Just before the third season, BBVA México announced that it would sponsor the Liga MX Femenil in addition to Liga MX and Ascenso MX. With the sponsorship, which is slated for at least three years, the league's name was changed to Liga BBVA MX Femenil in June 2019. Each club also has sponsors for their jerseys, salaries, TV rights, and other factors.

Lower Divisions

In addition to the Liga Mexicana de Fútbol Femenil, which facilitates the SuperLiga and the segunda división, Mexico is also home to the Liga Mayor Femenil. Most players in the Liga MX Femenil previously played in either of these existing leagues, as well as in various Mexican or US college teams and the WPSL.