In 1950 the Second Division was founded and the former Liga Mayor becomes the First Division. In 1950-51 the First Division has 12 teams: América, Atlante, Atlas, Guadalajara, León, Marte, Necaxa, Oro, Puebla, San Sebastián, Tampico and Veracruz. Each year the last team in the First Division is relegated to Second Division, and the champion of the Second Division is promoted to First Division. Since 1994-95 the name of the second level was changed to First A Division (Primera A), the Second Division (Segunda División) now constitutes the third level. Promoted Relegated 1950-51 Zacatepec San Sebastián 1951-52 La Piedad Veracruz 1952-53 Toluca La Piedad 1953-54 Irapuato Atlas 1954-55 Atlas Marte Zamora and Cuautla were promoted to make a 14 teams First Division 1955-56 Monterrey Zamora After this season Puebla folded and there were 13 teams in First Division 1956-57 Zamora Monterrey Morelia is promoted to replace Puebla 1957-58 Celaya Tampico 1958-59 Tampico Cuautla 1959-60 Monterrey Zamora 1960-61 Nacional Celaya 1961-62 UNAM Zacatepec 1962-63 Zacatepec Tampico 1963-64 Cruz Azul none Veracruz is promoted to make a 16 teams First Division 1964-65 Ciudad Madero Nacional 1965-66 Nuevo León Zacatepec 1966-67 Pachuca Ciudad Madero 1967-68 Laguna Morelia 1968-69 Torreón Nuevo León 1969-70 Zacatepec none Puebla is promoted to make a 18 teams First Division 1970-71 San Luis Atlas After this season Necaxa changed its name to Atlético Español 1971-72 Atlas Irapuato 1972-73 Ciudad Madero Pachuca 1973-74 UANL San Luis Unión de Curtidores and Atlético Potosino are promoted to make a 20 teams First Division. Universidad de Guadalajara bought Torreón. 1974-75 UAG Ciudad Madero 1975-76 San Luis Atlante 1976-77 Atlante Zacatepec Tampico bought San Luis 1977-78 Zacatepec Atlas Dep. Neza bought Laguna 1978-79 Atlas Veracruz 1979-80 Atletas Campesinos Jalisco 1980-81 Morelia Unión de Curtidores 1981-82 Oaxtepec Tampico Tampico-Madero bought A. Campesinos, Atlético Español changed back to Necaxa 1982-83 Unión de Curtidores Zacatepec 1983-84 Zacatepec Unión de Curtidores Angeles bought Oaxtepec 1984-85 Irapuato Zacatepec 1985-86 Cobras none 1986-87 UAT León, Cobras 1987-88 Ciudad Juarez UAT UAT bought Dep. Neza and Santos bought Ángeles 1988-89 Potros Neza Atlético Potosino Veracruz bought Potros Neza 1989-90 León Atlante Queretaro bought Tampico-Madero 1990-91 Atlante Irapuato 1991-92 Pachuca Ciudad Juarez 1992-93 UTN Pachuca UTN changed its name to Toros Neza, Toros Neza played its games with name Toros Hidalgo 1993-94 Tampico-Madero Queretaro Universidad de Guadalajara folded. 19 teams in First Division. Toros Hidalgo back to Neza 1994-95 Celaya UAT and Tampico-Madero 1995-96 Pachuca UANL 1996-97 Tigres Pachuca Winter 96 Champs': Tigres Summer 97 Champs': Tigres 1997-98 Pachuca Veracruz Winter 97 Champs': Pachuca playoff (aggregate) Summer 98 Champs': U de NL Pachuca 4-2 UdeNL 1998-99 U. de Curtidores  Puebla Winter 98 Champs': Yucatán playoff (aggregate) Summer 99 Champs': Unión de Curtidores Yucatán 1-7 Unión de Curtidores 1999-00 Irapuato Toros Neza Winter 99 Champs': Irapuato Summer 00 Champs': Irapuato 2000-01 La Piedad none  Winter 99 Champs': Aguascalientes playoff (aggregate) Summer 00 Champs': La Piedad Aguascalientes 2-4 La Piedad 2001-02 San Luis, Veracruz León  Winter 01 Champs': Veracruz playoff (aggregate) Veracruz 2-4 San Luis Irapuato moved to Veracruz (Tiburones Rojos) Summer 02 Champs': San Luis La Piedad moved to Querétaro, Tiburones Rojos moved to Tuxtla Gutiérrez (Jaguares) 2002-03 Irapuato Cuernavaca Winter 02 Champs': Irapuato playoff (aggregate) Irapuato 3-1 León Celaya moved to Cuernavaca Summer 03 Champs': León Necaxa moved to Aguascalientes 2003-04 Culiacán San Luis Apertura 03 Champs': Culiacán playoff (aggregate) Culiacán 4-3 León Clausura 04 Champs': León Irapuato and Querétaro folded 2004-05 San Luis Puebla Apertura 04 Champs': San Luis playoff (aggregate) Clausura 05 Champs': Querétaro San Luis 3-2 Querétaro 2005-06 Querétaro Sinaloa playoff (aggregate) Apertura 05 Champs': Puebla Querétaro 5-1 Puebla Clausura 06 Champs': Querétaro 2006-07 Puebla Querétaro playoff (aggregate) Apertura 06: Champs': Puebla Puebla 4-3 Sinaloa Clausura 07: Champs': Sinaloa Atlante moved to Cancún 2007-08 Indios Cd. Juárez Veracruz playoff (aggregate) Apertura 07 Champs': Indios Cd. Juárez Indios 3-2 León Clausura 08 Champs': León 2008-09 Querétaro Necaxa playoff (aggregate) Apertura 08 Champs': Querétaro Querétaro 2-2 Mérida [5-4pen] Clausura 09 Champs': Mérida 2009-10 Necaxa Indios Cd. Juárez Apertura 09 Champs': Necaxa Bicent. 10 Champs': Necaxa 2010-11 Tijuana Necaxa playoff (aggregate) Apertura 10 Champs': Tijuana Tijuana 2-1 Irapuato Clausura 11 Champs': Irapuato 2011-12 León Estudiantes playoff (aggregate) Apertura 11 Champs': Correcaminos u.A.T. León 6-2 Correcaminos U.A.T. Clausura 12 Champs': León 2012-13 La Piedad Querétaro playoff (aggregate) Apertura 12 Champs': La Piedad La Piedad 1-1 Neza FC [5-3pen] Clausura 13 Champs': Neza FC Jaguares moved to Querétaro; San Luis moved to Tuxtla Gutiérrez (Chiapas FC) and La Piedad moved to Veracruz 2013-14 Leones Negros Atlante playoff (aggregate) Apertura 13 Champs': Leones Negros Leones Negros 1-1 Estudiantes UAG [4-3pen] Clausura 14 Champs': Estudiantes UAG 2014-15 Dorados Leones Negros playoff (aggregate) Apertura 14 Champs': Necaxa Dorados 3-1 Necaxa Clausura 15 Champs': Dorados 2015-16 Necaxa Dorados playoff (aggregate) Apertura 15 Champs': FC Juárez Necaxa 3-0 FC Juárez Clausura 16 Champs': Necaxa 2016-17 Lobos BUAP Jaguares playoff (aggregate) Apertura 16 Champs': Dorados Lobos BUAP 3-2 Dorados Clausura 17 Champs': Lobos BUAP 2017-18 none none  playoff (aggregate) Apertura 17 Champs': Alebrijes Cafetaleros 6-3 Alebrijes Clausura 18 Champs': Cafetaleros 2018-19 Atl. de San Luis none  Apertura 18 Champs': A. de San Luis Clausura 19 Champs': A. de San Luis 2019-20 none none  Apertura 19 Champs': Alebrijes Clausura 20 Champs': none Monarcas Morelia moved to Mazatlán  Puebla bought the Unión de Curtidores franchise.  Atlante finished last at 1st level but were allowed to play off against Veracruz for an additional place, which they won 4-1 on aggregate. Veracruz then bought the Irapuato franchise and played as "Tiburones Rojos".  León finished last at 1st level and were allowed to play off against Veracruz for an additional place, which Veracruz won 3-1 on aggregate.  Lobos B.U.A.P. finished last in the relegation table, but was allowed to remain at first level due to Cafetaleros not being a certified team; in compensation Lobos B.U.A.P. paid 6 million USD.  For expansion to 19 teams Veracruz (last in relegation table) paid a 6 million USD and remained at first level. FC Juárez bought the license of Lobos B.U.A.P. and was promoted. Lobos B.U.A.P. take the place of FC Juárez in second level but its franchise was frozen one year.  Due to exclusion of Veracruz after Apertura 2019 tournament there was no relegation Tournament Clausura 2020 abandoned due to Covid-19 pandemic, no championship awarded. From 2020-21 to 2023-24 season promotion / relegation between first and second level suspended. Abbreviations: UNAM = Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México UAG = Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara UAT = Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas UANL = Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León UTN = Universidad Tecnologica de Neza
Prepared by Héctor Villa Martínez and maintained by Emmanuel Castro Serna and Erik Francisco Lugo for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Authors: Héctor Villa Martínez,
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Last updated: 15 Oct 2020
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