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Mexican football authorities change league format

Mexican football authorities change league format

Mexican football authorities have agreed to change the format of the end-of-season tournament used to decide the national league champion.
For the Apertura 2011 tournament, the best eight of the 18 clubs in the Primera Division will qualify to a round-robin with two mini-groups of four. The top-two will then play a final to decide the champion.
The move replaces a complicated current system which splits the 18 clubs into three groups of six at the beginning of each tournament. The top two in each group, plus the two next best clubs in the general table, then advance to knockout quarterfinals.
The Mexican Football Federation's secretary general Decio De Maria says the change will bring "new possibilities" and a "new atmosphere" to the tournament.