Liga MX, FMF plan big changes before 2026 World Cup

Mexican Soccer President Yon de Luisa and his Liga MX counterpart Mikel Arriola presented a detailed roadmap and list of proposed changes to Mexican soccer on Tuesday.

The announcement comes on the heels of a disappointing year for both the men’s and women’s national teams — a low point means an exit from the team. El Tri in Qatar.

“What happened to the national organizations in 2022, it is very important. Today, we meet to announce the new stage of reform,” said De Luisa.

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With an eye to the 2026 World Cup, where Mexico will join the United States and Canada, the two presidents presented the details of a national association committee that was recently created, a new management of the associations government in Rodrigo Ares de Parga, and an idea to face “high” opponents and organize the 2025 summer competition for El Tri senior group.

The national team committee – formed by the Liga MX team leaders from Chivas, Santos Laguna, Club America, Necaxa, Club Tijuana and the FMF president – will support De Parga in the process of finding a reason new men’s training. Since the departure of Gerardo “Tata” Martino shortly after the team’s exit from the World Cup, Mexico has not seen a replacement.

“There is no specific date, we think it will be soon,” said De Luisa about a possible decision to announce a manager of the men, later knowing that the name may be called a teacher study next week deciding on the meaning of an appointment.

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At the Liga MX level, Arriola presented a long list of unconfirmed requests from the club’s owners, who will meet in May. While league leaders must vote on the proposals, Arriola said there is a “big opening” in his plan.

If approved, either individually or as a complete package, the proposals will return to eight invitational games instead of 12, reducing the number of foreign players per roster from eight and seven, and creating a new box for annual results. , all available in the 2023-24 season.

Regarding the new trophy, Arriola’s intention is to keep the current Liga MX format with two seasons and playoffs every year, but with a separate competition available for total points. in Apertura and Clausura.

Other applications, if approved, may take longer. Arriola wanted promotion and relegation, but it was also revealed that only one second division team, Leones Negros, was allowed to qualify for promotion. In order for promotion to return to Liga MX, a minimum of four divisions must be agreed. Eligible teams may be announced by May.

Another idea that Arriola wants is to end the work of the same companies that have many companies in Mexico. However, he did not give any time for achieving that goal.

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“What we need to do is protect and prove it in court [of Mexican clubs] It’s a process, and it starts, without a doubt, as a process to increase the value of the clubs,” said the Liga MX President.

Currently there are three groups that own most of the six clubs: Grupo Pachuca (Pachuca and Leon), Grupo Orlegi (Santos Laguna and Atlas), and Grupo Caliente (Club Tijuana and Queretaro).

According to Arriola, competitions such as the Leagues Cup expanded with MLS and the new partnership between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL will help increase the club’s value to new investors.

The CONMEBOL group announced last Friday will feature a Copa America in the United States in 2024, a CONCACAF W Gold Cup women’s tournament with South American invitationals, and a group competition “final-four ” to enter two men’s teams from each team.

When asked if this could be a return for Liga MX to the Copa Libertadores in the future, Arriola said “the door is open” to the possibility down the line.

A new project presented by Arriola helps to send local players to European clubs. In the hope of avoiding increased fees in the Mexican transfer market, the president of Liga MX will urge more clubs to join European clubs that can move local talents to the youth.

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Arriola noted that the league and the FMF will “spend money” to help the migration abroad, such as encouraging teams that players move to Europe and helping people with the process of obtaining a passport.

“This is a before and after,” said Arriola about the outline from the FMF and Liga MX. “Everyone asked for what was announced today.”

Mexican football has lived a turbulent period that began with the victory of the senior national team in the final of the Gold Cup and the start of the CONCACAF Nations League in 2021, both in the United States.

After failing to qualify for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, the 2023 U20 men’s World Cup, and the 2024 Olympics for the men’s and women’s teams, the first phase of Mexico’s restructuring began in the summer passed with the shooting of the chief sports officer Gerardo Torrado, sport. national team director Ignacio Hierro, women’s national team manager Monica Vergara and U20 men’s coach Luis Perez.

Since then, they have hired Andrea Rodebaugh as the new women’s national team athletic director, Pedro Lopez as the women’s national team coach, and Jaime Ordiales as the men’s national team athletic director, with the new De Parga became executive director. of public organizations.


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