Mexico Tier 2

Liga BBVA Expansión MX

League Guide & Facts

  • The second tier of Mexican Football

  • 16 teams play each other once (15 games) per stage (30 games overall)

  • Split into 2 stages. Opening and Closing Stages - Both have the same format. Essentially two leagues in one season

  • A league system to qualify for a knock out tournament

  • Points For Win - 3

  • Points For Draw - 1

  • Extra point awarded for away win (first 7 away matches only)

Stage Rules

  • Teams placed 3rd-12th in the league qualify for Opening Stage Preliminary knock out Round the winners of which proceed to the Quarter Final stage

  • Team in 2nd position in the league automatically qualifies for Quarter Final

  • Top team in the league automatically qualifies for Semi Final

  • Winner of the final wins the stage

  • The two stage winners then play each other in a grand final (Guard1anes)


  • No Promotion

  • Wikipedia suggests promotion may happen after a few seasons (2024/25). Unconfirmed as to whether this happens in FM

  • Tapatio and Pumas Tabasco are ineligible for promotion as they are feeder clubs, unlike some feeder clubs they are available to be managed


  • No relegation

  • Extra team will be added in 21/22 to make the league 17 teams

  • Extra team will be added in 22/23 to make the league 18 teams


  • There must be at least 3 under-23 Mexican-born players in the starting eleven. (Born after 1/1/1997)

  • There must be at least 8 Mexican-born players in the playing 11.

Club Locations

Suggested* Additional Nations To Load

Tour The Americas

*As always this is only a suggestion, the leagues listed are in order of importance, feel free to run as many or as little leagues as you think your system can handle. The setup above gives a nice regional feel.

It is advisable however to run as many top tier leagues of major nations as you can to keep the continental club competitions competitive

Media Prediction, Board Expectations and Title Odds

*Your odds and board expectations may vary slightly from save to save
*Pumas Tabasco and Tapatio are feeder/reserve sides but are available to be managed

Football Manager 2021 - Liga BBVA Expansión MX

Club Culture

Football Manager 2021 - Liga BBVA Expansión MX



Alteños Tepa









Pumas Tabasco

Tampico Madero