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Liga MX signs with TransferRoom in major international push
by Jonathan Rest

Liga MX has hailed a ‘global moment’ for Mexican football after all clubs in the top two leagues joined TransferRoom.

Our clubs are making an effort to be more international and TransferRoom is part of the strategy that our current president, Mikel Arriola, is trying to follow in order to be able to go directly to different markets to show the value of our league, clubs and players, because we have a lot of talent in Mexico at the moment.
Victor Guevara
General Director of Operations, Competitions and Development, Liga MX

A shop window for Mexican football

 

All 35 teams in Liga MX and Liga de Expansion MX now have access to the online marketplace, opening them up to a global network of more than 600 clubs across 94 leagues and 54 countries.

 

Since assuming the Liga MX presidency at the turn of the year, Mikel Arriola has talked of wanting to globalise the league, and partnering with TransferRoom is part of the plan to make that a reality.

 

Victor Guevara, General Director of Operations, Competitions and Development at Liga MX, said: “Our clubs are making an effort to be more international and TransferRoom is part of the strategy that our current president, Mikel Arriola, is trying to follow in order to be able to go directly to different markets to show the value of our league, clubs and players, because we have a lot of talent in Mexico at the moment.

 

“We are developing young players all the time, and now we have a top structure at Under-14, Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 levels. We want to show to the world that we have really good players and TransferRoom gives us the possibility for our clubs to join and do business with many different clubs around the world.”

 

TransferRoom can help on road to greatness

 

But it’s not just exports that Mexican football wants to be famous for, with Arriola and the Liga MX leadership confident it can establish itself as one of the world’s best leagues.

 

In the recent transfer window in Mexico, which closed in late September, players from the top leagues in South America all moved to Liga MX. 

 

And through TransferRoom, Liga MX clubs will have an even bigger advantage when it comes to recruitment by getting fast, direct information from clubs across such a large territory.

 

Guevara added: “We are working on becoming one of the best leagues in the world, but to get there we need to bring in better players from around the world. We understand that the economical situation is different in each country, and Covid has of course had an impact on finances, but one of our strategies is to improve every day in different aspects, and one of those aspects has to be the quality of our players. Nationality does not matter. And TransferRoom will help us in this regard.”

 

TransferRoom has already worked with a handful of Liga MX clubs, but by signing the new league-wide deal all teams have access to the network for an extended period.

 

One club already feeling the benefits is CF Monterrey, which face off against Club America in the Concacaf Champions League Final at the end of this month.

 

CF Monterrey Sporting Director Carlos Vela says: "TransferRoom is a tool that facilitates and helps us expand our contact network with clubs from different parts of the world."

 

Liga MX-MLS ties deepen

 

In a bid to raise the profile of both organisations and the sport ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup - co-hosted by Canada, Mexico and USA - Liga MX and Major League Soccer have enjoyed closer working ties over the past few years, culminating in the recent announcement that from 2023, every team from both league will compete in a revamped cross-border Leagues Cup.

 

It is fitting, therefore, that this partnership with Liga MX comes hot on the heels of TransferRoom’s league-wide agreement with MLS, where all 27 clubs are now active on the platform.

 

Jonas Ankersen, Founder and CEO of TransferRoom, said: “Liga MX wants to become one of the top leagues in world football, and TransferRoom is delighted to play a leading role in that mission by facilitating the movement of players and helping clubs build connections.

 

“The ability to connect directly with fellow decision-makers thousands of miles away is a game-changer for Mexican football, while having all teams from the top two divisions on board will also dramatically strengthen the domestic transfer market, as we have seen with our league-wide deals in Denmark and Norway.

 

“The deal comes quickly off the back of our league-wide agreement with MLS, meaning over 60 clubs across these two countries now have new and exciting opportunities ahead of them when it comes to buying and selling players internationally.

 

“Furthermore, with Liga MX and MLS increasingly recruiting players from South America, TransferRoom is now a must have for ambitious clubs in those regions, joining our major clients there such as Flamengo and Millonarios.”

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