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What changes are being planned in the Expansion League? Will promotion/relegation return?

Some of the proposed variations include increasing the number of teams to 24 and imposing a limit on foreign players.

Ciudad de MéxicoUpdate:
 The Champion Trophy o during the game Celaya FC vs Atlante, corresponding second leg Final of the Torneo Apertura 2022 of the Liga BBVA Expansion MX, at Miguel Aleman Valdes Stadium, on November 12, 2022.

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Trofeo de Campeon durante el partido Celaya FC vs Atlante correspondiente a la vuelta de Final del Torneo Apertura 2022 de la Liga BBVA Expansion MX, en el Estadio Miguel Aleman Valdes, el 12 de noviembre de 2022.
Isaac Ortiz

The promotion and relegation of clubs is one of the topics that is usually put on the table when talking about what is necessary to change the landscape of Mexican soccer.

After promotion and relegation in the Liga MX was abolished in 2020, fans have constantly asked the leaders of national football for this basic element of almost all the professional leagues in the world to return to the Mexican tournament. Their voices may finally have been heard. The possibility of the system of teams being promoted/relegated returning is already being considered - but as part of a complete facelift.

According to information from TUDN journalist, Francisco Arredondo, the new tournament would be called Expansion League MX Sub-23, with the reason that each of the teams of the top division have a corresponding club in the second division. Consequently, the Under-20 category would disappear to be unified with the Expansion League.

Another of the important changes concerns which teams are promoted and the ones that would drop down a division. The team that finishes as champions of the second tier will play a promotion play-off against the team that finishes bottom of the top division with the winner being promoted and the losing team remaining where they are.

Changes that are being planned

  • The Under-20 category will disappear and be unified with the Liga de Expansión MX.
  • The Expansion League would be expanded to 24 clubs; 18 subsidiaries of Liga MX clubs and the remaining six certified.
  • Limit of three foreign players per team.
  • At least 5 young players between the ages of 19 and 23 on the pitch as mandatory.
  • Promotions and relegation returns
  • The relegated team (from Liga MX) will play a promotion with the champion of the new Liga de Expansión MX.
  • In the event that a team without the right to promotion wins promotion; financial compensation would be given.


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