League Cup with MLS can help Liga MX become one of the top five leagues in the world

Liga MX president Mikel Arriola believes the Mexican top division can become one of the top five leagues in the world thanks to its participation in the League Cup with MLS.

“We are evolving in terms of size,” Arriola said at the World Football Summit. « I don’t see why not with MLS, we are going to be in the top 10 or in the top 5 of the world leagues. »

MLS and Liga MX will take a break next summer to compete in the Interleague Cup, with the winner earning a place in the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 and second and third place earning places in the first. round.

At the summit, Arriola not only focused on the benefits of working with MLS, but also spoke about the importance of playing games in the United States, using the Mexico national team as an example of the financial benefits.

« You’ve seen a lot of our national team games played in the United States, » Arriola said. “Well, it’s not a surprise element because every time the Mexico national team plays in the United States, they generate seven times more income compared to a national team. [game] played in Mexico,” Arriola said, while adding that of his 157 million fans, 60 million live in the United States.

Arriola also revealed new details about the League Cup with MLS, including that all games in the 2023 tournament will be played in the United States with teams split into 15 groups of three and the top two teams from each group will qualify. for the quarter-finals.

Earlier this year, the Liga MX president told TUDN that the plan was to have 15 venues for the competition.

Arriola insisted on Thursday that Liga MX had centralized TV rights for the League Cup. Traditionally in Liga MX, clubs have individual television rights.

« Our goal is to continue to centralize TV rights and other assets, transitioning from a game organizer to an asset broker, » he said.

The Liga MX president also mentioned areas for improvement, especially regarding the transfer of national players abroad. Although the league has moved nine players during the summer transfer window to Europe – a record for Liga MX – Mexico remains far behind other nations when it comes to exporting promising names.

“What happens when they turn pro at 20? Or 18 or 19? The problem in our league is that we pay more at that age than European leagues,” Arriola said. « We have 32 players in Europe, USA have 220, Brazil have 1,200, Argentina have 700. »

In order to bridge the gap, Liga MX recently signed deals with LaLiga, Bundesliga and Serie A to foster overseas connections.

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