Liga MX, FMF plan massive adjustments earlier than '26 WC


Mexican Soccer Federation president Yon de Luisa and his Liga MX counterpart Mikel Arriola revealed an in depth roadmap and listing of proposed adjustments to Mexican soccer on Tuesday.

The announcement comes on the heels of a disappointing yr for each the boys’s and girls’s nationwide groups — the low level of which was a bunch stage exit for El Tri in Qatar.

“What happened for the national teams in 2022, was very serious. Today, we meet to announce the new stage of restructuring,” mentioned De Luisa.

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With an eye fixed in direction of the 2026 World Cup, which Mexico will co-host with the USA and Canada, the 2 presidents shared particulars of a not too long ago shaped nationwide staff committee, a brand new government director of nationwide groups in Rodrigo Ares de Parga, and an goal to face “high-level” opponents and schedule a 2025 summer time competitors for El Tri’s senior squad.

The nationwide staff committee — made up of Liga MX membership management from Chivas, Santos Laguna, Membership America, Necaxa, Membership Tijuana and the FMF president — will help De Parga within the technique of discovering a brand new males’s coach. For the reason that departure of Gerardo “Tata” Martino instantly after the group stage exit within the World Cup, Mexico has but to discover a alternative.

“There is no specific date, we hope it’ll be soon,” De Luisa mentioned a couple of potential resolution to announce a males’s supervisor, later noting that there is a risk a coach shall be named subsequent week whereas ruling out the thought of an interim appointment.

On the Liga MX stage, Arriola revealed an extended listing of proposals which have but to be formally confirmed by membership homeowners, who will meet in Could. Though the league leaders might want to vote on the concepts, Arriola claimed that there’s a “great openness” to his plan.

If ratified, whether or not or not it’s individually or as a full bundle, proposals comparable to going again to solely eight playoff invites as a substitute of 12, lowering the quantity of international gamers per roster from eight to seven, and establishing a brand new trophy for year-long outcomes, might all be in place as quickly because the 2023-24 season.

Concerning the brand new trophy, Arriola’s thought is to carry onto the present Liga MX format with two seasons and playoffs per yr, however with a separate championship earned for the cumulative complete of factors within the Apertura and Clausura.

Different motions, if accredited, might take extra time. Arriola desires to convey promotion and relegation again, but additionally highlighted that just one second division staff, Leones Negros, is accredited to be eligible for promotion. To ensure that promotion to first return to Liga MX, a minimal of 4 second division groups have to be accredited. Extra eligible golf equipment could possibly be introduced by Could.

One other concept that Arriola desires to sort out is ending the observe of single entities proudly owning a number of golf equipment inside Mexico. Nonetheless, he didn’t present a timeline for reaching that purpose.

“What we need to take care of and assure to the assembly [of Mexican clubs] is that it’ll be an organized process, and that it’ll start, without a doubt, as a process that maximizes the value of the teams,” mentioned the Liga MX president.

In the meanwhile there are three possession teams that personal a majority of six groups: Grupo Pachuca (Pachuca and Leon), Grupo Orlegi (Santos Laguna and Atlas), and Grupo Caliente (Membership Tijuana and Queretaro).

In keeping with Arriola, tournaments just like the expanded Leagues Cup with MLS and the latest partnership between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL will assist enhance perceived membership worth to potential new buyers.

The CONMEBOL partnership introduced final Friday will showcase a Copa America in the USA in 2024, a girls’s CONCACAF W Gold Cup event with South American invites, and a “final-four” membership competitors that may contain two males’s groups from every confederation.

When requested if this might additionally imply a return for Liga MX to the Copa Libertadores sooner or later, Arriola mentioned that the “door has been opened” to the chance down the road.

A further undertaking offered by Arriola was aiding within the technique of sending home gamers to European golf equipment. Within the hopes of avoiding the inflated charges that exist in Mexico’s switch market, Liga MX’s president will push for extra groups to have affiliations with European golf equipment so as to probably transfer home skills at a youthful age.

Arriola famous that the league and FMF may even “invest resources” to assist strikes overseas, comparable to incentivizing groups whose gamers transfer to Europe and serving to people with the method of acquiring a passport.

“This is a before and after,” mentioned Arriola in regards to the define from the FMF and Liga MX. “Everyone has been asking for what was announced today.”

Mexican soccer has lived in a tumultuous interval that started with the senior males’s nationwide staff dropping the Gold Cup remaining and the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League remaining in 2021, each to the USA.

After then failing to qualify for the 2023 Ladies’s World Cup, the 2023 U20 males’s World Cup, and the 2024 Olympics for each the boys’s and girls’s groups, Mexico’s first stage of restructuring started final summer time with the firings of normal sporting director Gerardo Torrado, sporting director of nationwide groups Ignacio Hierro, girls’s nationwide staff supervisor Monica Vergara and males’s U20 coach Luis Perez.

Since then, they’ve employed Andrea Rodebaugh as the brand new sporting director for girls’s nationwide groups, Pedro Lopez as the ladies’s nationwide staff coach, and Jaime Ordiales because the sporting director for males’s nationwide groups, alongside the latest employment of De Parga as government director of nationwide groups.

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