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About Ascenso MX

The Ascenso MX tournament, or Ascenso BBVA MX for sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest category of football in Mexico. After many years, the league settled with its current format in 1994, with frequent changes in the number of teams involved and in the number of clubs that can be relegated or promoted to Liga MX and to the Segunda División, the third-highest category in Mexican football.

This league operates as Liga MX: with two tournaments being played each season. The Apertura tournament is played from July to December, while the Clausura starts in January and comes to an end in May/June. The winners of each tournament face each other to earn a promotion to Liga MX, but in the event of a club winning both titles, that club will automatically earn its promotion.

As for relegation spots, there were plans to expand this league to 16 teams, which caused Ascenso MX officers to stop relegations for a period of three years. Nevertheless, many clubs in the Segunda División do not have all the requirements established by the league to play in it. In case a team from the Segunda División faces such a problem, the team that ends up being relegated can pay a fine to keep their spot in this league.

The tournament sees all teams facing each other once every tournament, and once the regular season is over, the top seven teams enter the championship playoffs, where two-legged ties determine the winners. The league leader after the regular season may need to play only four games to win the title, as they are given a bye from the Quarterfinal stage.

The 2018-19 season in the Ascenso MX saw Atlético San Luis earning their promotion to the Liga MX after winning both tournaments against Dorados de Sinaloa, the team coached by Diego Maradona. On the other side of the table, Tampico Madero was relegated to the Segunda División, but they managed to stay in this league after paying the $769,000 fine.

The 2019-20 season will see the Apertura 2019 tournament starting on August 1, with the final match taking place on December 7. Loros de Colima was promoted to this league after Juárez FC bought their way into Liga MX. For this tournament, away wins will be worth four points, in an attempt to increase offensive football in this category.

Did you know? Dorados, León, Necaxa, and Irapuato are the most successful teams in this league, with four titles. Out of those clubs, Necaxa and León are currently playing in the Liga MX, while Dorados remains an Ascenso MX member. Irapuato is currently in the Segunda División after disappearing for four years.

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