Are you a Mexican expat living in New Zealand? Well if you miss your football, we don’t blame you.
There’s currently no tv rights holders here, but we’ll show you how you can watch your favourite superstars on the pitch with this guide to watching Liga MX.
What is Liga MX?
The Liga MX is the highest level of association football in Mexico, sitting in the top tier of the Mexican Football System. It was founded in 1943 and is governed by the Mexican Football Federation, who mandate the country’s professional men’s football.
Like other Latin American football leagues, the Liga MX is split into two tournaments; the Apertura and the Clausura, the former starting in the summer and the latter in the winter.
Both the Apertura and Clausura have their own regular seasons, playoffs and crowned champions each year, in line with many other football leagues in Latin America.
The Liga MX is considered the highest level of professional men’s football in North America, and one of the strongest in all of Latin America and even in the world, where it was ranked 20th in the world in 2019, and in the top 10 in the early 2000’s.
How Liga MX Works?
19 teams play in the Liga MX , beginning with the Apertura tournament, which runs from July to December, and concludes with the Clausura tournament spanning January to May. The top eight teams after the conclusion of each tournaments regular season qualify for the playoffs.
The playoffs, or liguilla, consist of a series of two-legged ties, the winner determined by goal aggregate, and then finally the finals take place to determine the champion of the tournament.
By the end of the season, the lowest team on the ladder in terms of their points-per-game-played ratio is relegated to the Mexican Football System’s second tier of football, the Ascenso MX, and the highest place finisher in this league will take their place for the following season.
However, qualification for the Liga MX also demands certain financial requirements of the club, such as stadium infrastructure and a youth team, so for the 2019/2020 season, only 6 teams in the Ascenso MX would actually be eligible to play in the Liga MX.
Four teams from the Liga MX are also chosen to compete in the annual CONCACAF Champions League, the premier North American football competition.
Why Liga Mexico Is Popular?
The Liga MX is one of the most popular sports leagues in North America in terms of attendance, with an average attendance of 25,557 during the 2014/2015 season. This was the highest of any football league in the Americas, and third of any North American sports league, behind only to the National Football League and Major League Baseball.
In the context of the world football, this attendance rate was 4th in the world, sitting below the Bundesliga, La Liga and Premier League. The league, like many other high-level football leagues, is broadcasted worldwide, and in 2016, amongst North American television viewers, was even more popular than the English Premier League.
The 2018/2019 season was won by Club América and Tigres UANL, who won the Apertura and Clausura titles, respectively. This was América’s 13th title in the league, the highest of any club in the league’s history, and the 7th title for Tigres.
How To Watch Liga MX NZ
There is no NZ broadcaster for Liga Mexico games. If you want to watch for free then you can get a 7 day free trial for FuboTV.
FuboTV only works in the United States so you’ll need a VPN to get a US IP address.
Step 1: Get A VPN Provider
To watch the Liga MX live for free or on demand in New Zealand you can use FuboTV from USA which is a free to air station that offers live streaming via their website and their app. Anyone can create an account with a free 7 day trial provided you’re based in USA.
To fool the website into thinking you’re in Australia then you can buy a VPN and choose an USA server.
There are many different VPN providers out there on the web, from our experience the cheapest and most affordable option is PureVPN.
It costs $10.95 per month or $2.88 on a subscription.
You’ll be able to buy a VPN using your New Zealand credit card/Paypal.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN Application
You’ll need to decide how you plan on accessing FuboTV. You could use your smart TV, Apple TV or just a computer web browser.
You’ll need to download the PureVPN Application to your device first, then their app or visit their website.
Login with the details you were provided via email during signup.
Step 3: Choose USA Server
You’ll now need to connect through to a US based server. If you’re given an option of which city then I’d choose Los Angeles.
You’ll be advised by the VPN app once your IP has changed and you’re routing your connection via USA.
You’ll now be able to go to your chosen channel and watch the live stream instantly.
It’s 100% free to create an account. When asked for a postcode enter a random 5 digit one.
Step 4: Start Watching Liga MX
Search for the games in the website search box, although it’s likely going to be on the homepage.
You’ll now be able to play any of the on demand content available too.
Keep your account and watch more geoblocked content from all over the world.
Aelwyn is based in the UK and has a masters in security. He’s studied further in the United States while working for companies such as Google and Cisco. He loves rugby and has played professionally too.