Mexican soccer fans from throughout the world regularly make their way to Liga MX stadiums to take in the quality soccer that’s displayed at each of these matches. The league’s extensive seasons provide plenty of opportunities to do so. The 2019-20 campaign got underway on July 19 and will go until May. The Clausura, the second half of the 2019-20 season, started on Jan. 10 and will run to May 31, including the playoffs. Liga MX is also so popular north of the border that US television ratings for its matches regularly exceed those for the US- and Canada-based MLS. Regardless, there’s nothing quite like experiencing these matches live, and many Americans travel across the border to do just that. In two instances, those trips do not need to be long ones. Tijuana, just across the border from San Diego, and Juarez, on the other side of the border from El Paso, Texas, are home to Liga MX teams. Grab your Liga MX tickets at StubHub.
What is the Liga MX format?
Unlike most soccer leagues around the world and most US-based sports leagues of all types, the Liga MX season is divided into two. The Apertura generally runs from July to December while the Clausura usually takes place from January to May. The league’s 18 teams play each other one time apiece in each of those half-year campaigns. The top eight finishers in the final league table advance to the Liquilla, which consists of two-leg quarterfinals, two-leg semifinals and a two-leg final.
What is the quality of soccer on display in Liga MX matches?
Liga MX is one of the world’s top soccer leagues. In fact, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics placed it 21st in its January 2020 rankings. That put it ahead of the top leagues in countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Switzerland. Its ranking also placed it first in the Concacaf region, which encompasses North and Central America and the Caribbean.
What are the attendances like at Liga MX matches?
The crowd sizes at Liga MX matches are significant. In fact, in a study done by the CIES Football Observatory in 2019, which analyzed the previous five seasons, Liga MX ranked fourth worldwide within its sport. Its average attendance of 25,582 Liga MX ticket holders only trailed the Bundesliga (Germany), Premier League (England) and La Liga (Spain).
What are Liga MX matches like?
It’s an engaging experience attending Liga MX matches as fans devote so much of their attention to what’s happening on the field. Several of these clubs have extensive histories as well, meaning that generations of fans have grown up together supporting the same club. Some of the venues are also worth visiting simply because of how historic they are. Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca is a must see if you only visit one Mexican stadium. Amongst its matches are the 1970 and 1986 FIFA World Cup finals.
How do Liga MX teams do in the Concacaf Champions League?
Liga MX clubs have dominated the Concacaf Champions League as its teams have won the first 11 of those competitions to take place. Its clubs also won the final three CONCACAF Champions Cups, the competition that preceded the Champions League.
Which teams have won the most Liga MX championships?
America, which is based in Mexico City, has won the most Liga MX titles, having claimed this competition on 13 occasions. Its most recent championship came when it won the 2018-19 Apertura competition, beating Cruz Azul by a 2-0 aggregate score in the final. Next on this list is Guadalajara. It’s won it 12 times. However, it’s been a few years since it was successful, last doing so when it claimed the 2016-17 Clausura title. It defeated UANL, which is also known as Tigres, by a 4-3 aggregate in that campaign’s final.Back to Top
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