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Apertura:



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Format:



18 teams, each plays the others once - for a total of 17 games each, over 17 game weeks.



Players born on or after 1 January 1999 are eligible for participation, as well as up to 4 older players.







Scoring points:



3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.







Table order:



1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. goals scored in hth matches; 7. total away goals scored; 8. placing in the Tabla General de Cociente (see below); 9. fairplay ranking; 10. draw.







Qualification for Apertura - Final Stages:



1-8 place: qualify for Final Stages











Apertura - Final Stages:



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Format:



8 teams contest the Apertura champion in a knockout format.







Quarter-finals:



Teams are paired according to their Apertura standings:



1st vs 8th;



2nd vs 7th;



3rd vs 6th;



4th vs 5th.



Winners are decided over two legs.



The better placed teams from the Apertura choose the hosting order.







Semi-finals:



Teams are paired according to their Apertura standings:



best placed vs worst placed;



2nd best placed vs 3rd best placed.



Winners are decided over two legs.



The better placed teams from the Apertura choose the hosting order.







Tie-breakers for the Quarter-finals and Semi-finals knockout matches:



1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2. away goals, 3. higher Apertura placing.







Final:



The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming Apertura champion.



Winner is decided over two legs.



The better placed team from the Apertura chooses the hosting order.







Tie-breakers for the Final knockout matches:



1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2. extra time, 3. penalties.











Clausura:



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Format:



18 teams, each plays the others once, with hostings reversed compared to the Apertura - for a total of 17 games each, over 17 game weeks.







Scoring points:



3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.







Table order:



1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. goals scored in hth matches; 7. total away goals scored; 8. placing in the Tabla General de Cociente; 9. fairplay ranking; 10. draw.







Qualification for Clausura - Final Stages:



1-8 place: qualify for Final Stages







Table General de Cociente:



Each team's points, obtained in the 2015/2016, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 U20 League Apertura and Clausura seasons are summed, and that total is divided by the number of games played during that period (a total of 34, 68 or 102 games - depending on how many of the last 3 seasons the team played without interruption in the U20 League).



Teams are ranked in a Tabla General de Cociente table, based on the resulting average score.







Relegation from the league:



1 team: the U20 team of the club, which is relegated from the Liga MX







Promotion to the league:



1 team: the U20 team of the club, which is promoted to the Liga MX from the Ascenso MX











Clausura - Final Stages:



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Format:



8 teams contest the Clausura champion in a knockout format.







Quarter-finals:



Teams are paired according to their Clausura standings:



1st vs 8th;



2nd vs 7th;



3rd vs 6th;



4th vs 5th.



Winners are decided over two legs.



The better placed teams from the Clausura choose the hosting order.







Semi-finals:



Teams are paired according to their Clausura standings:



best placed vs worst placed;



2nd best placed vs 3rd best placed.



Winners are decided over two legs.



The better placed teams from the Clausura choose the hosting order.







Tie-breakers for the Quarter-finals and Semi-finals knockout matches:



1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2. away goals, 3. higher Apertura placing.







Final:



The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming Clausura champion.



Winner is decided over two legs.



The better placed team from the Clausura chooses the hosting order.







Tie-breakers for the Final knockout matches:



1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2. extra time, 3. penalties.