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Mexico Women's National Football Team

Mexico women's national football team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)
El Tri Femenil
La Tri
AssociationFederación Mexicana de Fútbol
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)
NAFU (North America)
Head coachMónica Vergara
CaptainStephany Mayor
Most capsMaribel Domínguez (116)
Top scorerMaribel Domínguez (80)
FIFA codeMEX
FIFA ranking
Current 28 Decrease 1 (18 December 2020)[1]
Highest21 (January 2011)
Lowest31 (December 2002)
First international
 Mexico 9-0 Austria 
(Jesolo, Italy; 6 July 1970)
Biggest win
 Mexico 10-0 Malta 
(Bristol, England; 28 June 1997)
 Martinique 0-10 Mexico
(Bridgeview, United States; 18 October 2014)
Biggest defeat
 United States 12-0 Mexico 
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1999)
Best resultGroup Stage (1999, 2011, 2015)
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1991)
Best resultSilver medal icon.svg Runners-up (1998, 2010)

The Mexico women's national football team represents Mexico on the international stage. The squad is governed by the Mexican Football Federation and competes within CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. It has won gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games and a silver medal in the Pan American Games team, as well as one silver and one bronze in the Women's World Cup prior to FIFA's recognition of the women's game. When it placed second in 1971, Mexico hosted the second edition of this unofficial tournament. In addition to its senior team, Mexico fields U-20 and U-17 squads as well, with the latter having reached the final during the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

The senior squad was first established in 1963, but its first FIFA-recognized game was in 1991. La Tri's senior squad has participated in three Women's World Cups and one edition of the Summer Olympic Games.

Former national team player and assistant coach Mónica Vergara is the squad's current head coach.

History

Unofficial era

Although not officially recognized by FIFA until 1991, Mexico's team was actually established in 1963, when many countries still had bans on women's football.[2] In the 1950s, both Costa Rica and Argentina witnessed increased interest in the women's game and held tours in various countries. In 1963, Las Ticas, the Costa Rica women's national football team, spent six months in Mexico conducting a tour to increase exposure of the game. Observing the success of Las Ticas, Mexico formed its first team to play in opposition to Costa Rica.

Led by Alicia Vargas, Mexico placed third in the 1970 Women's World Cup, a tournament FIFA has yet to acknowledge. Mexico fell 2-1 in the semifinal to hosts Italy before defeating England 3-2 in the third place match. The following year, Mexico hosted the 1971 Women's World Cup, which has also yet to be officially recognized. The squad reached the final but fell 3-0 to Denmark. An estimated 110,000 people attended the final at Estadio Azteca,[3] which is the largest crowd ever to witness a women's soccer game; FIFA has not recognized this attendance record either.

To participate in each world cup, teams had to qualify. Mexico faced Peru, Argentina, South Africa en route to the 1971 edition.

Modern era

In the 1980s, when a series of mundialitos took place, Mexico participated in the 1986 edition.[4] Mexico was placed in Group A along with Italy and Japan, but the team did not advance beyond the first stage.

Mexico's first official appearance in the Women's World Cup was in 1999, when the United States hosted the tournament. The team also qualified in 2011 and 2015, hosted by Germany and Canada, respectively. Likewise, the team qualified for the Summer Olympic Games in 2004. In all four instances, El Tri Femenil failed to advance beyond the group stage; in fact, the team has yet to win a single game in either major tournament.

The first official coach for the Mexico women's national football team was Leonardo Cuéllar. One of his first objectives was to qualify for the 1999 Women's World Cup.[5] The team accomplished this by placing second to Canada in the 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship. However, much controversy arose regarding the nationalities of the recruited players. Preference was given to US-born players of Mexican heritage, largely because Mexico did not have an official league at the time. Andrea Rodebaugh, the team's then-captain, argued that the team's main goal was to qualify; she also wanted to strengthen the team and celebrate its official recognition.[6] Despite the controversy, the team went on to participate in the 1999 Women's World Cup with a mix of US-born and Mexican-born players.

In recent years, an increase in young talent developing in Mexico brought an increase of expectations from Mexican football fans and media alike. Following their worst ever World Cup finish in 2015, fans began calling for Cuellar's resignation or firing. In 2016, the women's national football team failed to qualify for the Olympics, and lost to Costa Rica which was the turning point in the team's history since many thought the defeat resulted in Mexico becoming the fourth best team in CONCACAF. With these results and Leonardo Cuellar's controversial decision to not bring Charlyn Corral and Kenti Robles, whom had terrific seasons at their clubs in Spain's Primera División, onto the squad[7] led to him resigning from his position in April 2016.[8]Roberto Medina became the head coach in 2017.[9]

In 2018 Mexico won the Central American and Caribbean Games by defeating Costa Rica 3-1 in the final.[10]

At the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship Mexico entered as the third highest ranked team behind the United States and Canada. At the tournament Mexico finished third in their group with a record of one win and two losses, which included a surprising 2-0 loss to Panama. As a result of not advancing to the knockout round, Mexico was unable to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.[11]

Notable matches

Mexico's first recorded international game was against Austria during the 1970 Women's World Cup, when squad beat the European side 9-0 in the group stage. However, to participate in this inaugural tournament, teams had to qualify, so La Tri played against other teams prior to this match.

Before the modern era, Mexico defeated England 2-1 in the third place match of the 1970 Women's World Cup, the first edition of the tournament. In front of a record-breaking crowd, the team also reached the final of the 1971 Women's World Cup, but fell 3-0 to Denmark.

Among the most notable victories is when the team finished second in the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup. Hosts of the cup, Mexico defeated the United States in the semifinal for the first and only time before falling to Canada in the final.

Team image

Nicknames

The Mexico women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "El Tri Femenil" or "La Tri".

Home stadium

Azteca Stadium is the home of the Mexico women's national team.

The Estadio Azteca, also known in Spanish as "El Coloso de Santa Úrsula", was built in 1966. It is the official home stadium of the Mexico women's national team, as well as the Mexican club team Club América (women). It has a capacity of 87,000 seats (after renovation works)[12] making it the largest football-specific stadium in the Americas and the third largest stadium in the world for that sport.

Domestic recognition

In various occasions, fans have showed up in large numbers to support La Tri. When Mexico played against Denmark in the 1971 Women's World Cup final, over 100,000 showed up at Estadio Azteca. Likewise, when Mexico played Argentina in a playoff game to qualify for the 1999 Women's World Cup, over 70,000 fans were in attendance.

Until recently, attention around the women's team was dwarfed by the men's squad. Few matches were televised or advertised, limiting knowledge around the team's achievements and struggles. Former ESPN commentator Nelly Simón frequently advocated for more attention to this team. Likewise, after winning the gold medal at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, Kenti Robles called on news outlets and fans to pay more attention to them. However, with increased attention in the women's game after the establishment of the women's league in 2017, more games have been televised. Since then, millions watched Mexico play in the U-17 world cup final against Spain in 2018.

Player Preparation

Many national team players currently play in the Liga MX Femenil, Mexico's first-division women's league. Some players also play in the United States via the NWSL or the NCAA, while others elect to play in Spain's Primera Divisíon. A few have played or currently play in the top women's leagues in Australia, China, England, France, Japan, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden.

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Lose   Fixtures

2020

29 January Olympic Qualifying Mexico  1-0  Jamaica Edinburg, Texas, United States
19:00
Report Stadium: H-E-B Park
Referee: Katja Koroleva (United States)
Assistant referees: Kathryn Nesbitt (United States)
Assistant referees: Felisha Mariscal (United States)
Fourth official: Tatiana Guzmán (Nicaragua)
1 February Olympic Qualifying Mexico  6-0  Saint Kitts and Nevis Edinburg, Texas, United States
14:30
Stadium: H-E-B Park
Referee: Tatiana Guzmán (Nicaragua)
Assistant referees: Brooke Mayo (United States)
Assistant referees: Kathryn Nesbitt (United States)
Fourth official: Crystal Sobers (Trinidad and Tobago
4 February Olympic Qualifying Mexico  0-2  Canada Edinburg, Texas, United States
17:30 Stadium: H-E-B Park
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (United States)
Assistant referees: Felisha Mariscal (United States)
Assistant referees: Brooke Mayo (United States)
Fourth official: Tatiana Guzmán (Nicaragua)
7 February Olympic Qualifying Mexico  0-4  United States Carson, California, United States
19:00 Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
Assistant referees: Chantal Boudreau (Canada)
Assistant referees: Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing (Jamaica)
Fourth official: Myriam Marcotte ((Canada)
5 March 2020 Cyprus Women's Cup Mexico  1-1  Croatia Larnaka, Cyprus
13:00
Report
Stadium: GSZ Stadium
8 March 2020 Cyprus Women's Cup Slovakia  2-2  Mexico Larnaca, Cyprus
18:00 Report
Stadium: AEK Arena

Overall official record

Coaching staff

Current coaching staff

Position Name
Manager Mexico Mónica Vergara
Assistant Manager (U-20) Mexico Maribel Domínguez
Assistant Manager (U-17) Mexico Ana Laura Galindo
Assistant Manager (U-15) Mexico Karla Maya

Manager history

Updated on 11 March 2020 after the match against  Czech Republic.

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Winning % Notes
Gil Monterd 1991-1998 12 5 2 5 41.6%
Leonardo Cuéllar 1998-2016 144 58 16 70 40.3%
Roberto Medina 2016-2018 25 11 0 14 44.0%
Christopher Cuéllar 2018-2021 20 6 5 9 30.0%
Mónica Vergara 2021- 0 0 0 0 00.0%

1. Gil Monterd: As La Tri's first official coach between 1991 and 1998, Rodríguez took an inexperienced and under-resourced squad to the 1991 CONCACAF Women's Championship in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Sending only one qualifier from the confederation to the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup, this tournament fielded eight teams divided into two groups. Matches were also only 80 minutes long. In Group A, Mexico lost to eventual winner United States 12-0, its worst ever appearance. With a loss against Trinidad and Tobago and a win against Martinique, Mexico finished third in the group, failing to advance to the semifinals. Likewise, during the 1994 CONCACAF Women's Championship, which determined the two qualifiers for the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, Mexico finished in third place, failing to reach the international tournament yet again.

2. Leonardo Cuéllar: Once a highly-touted player for the Mexico men's national football team, Cuéllar took over El Tri Femenil after a brief stint as the women's soccer coach at CSULA. Head coach until 2016--a period of 18 years--Cuéllar had a questionable record. As head coach, Mexico only qualified for the world cup on three occasions and the Olympics once; his teams never won a single game in any major tournament, nor did they finish first in the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup. Common criticism of his leadership was his nepotism and overreliance on US-born players. Cuéllar was never at risk of losing his job despite dubious results, and he even hired close allies, including his son Christopher Cuéllar. He also regularly held tryouts in the United States without doing the same in Mexico.

Initially charged with taking the squad to the 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship, which would award 1.5 qualification slots to the 1999 Women's World Cup, he was successful in qualifying for the team's first ever appearance at the official tournament. Finishing first in its group and winning against Guatemala in the semifinal, Mexico eventually fell 1-0 to Canada in the final. Mexico went on to qualify for the cup after defeating Argentina in the CONCACAF-CONMEBOL playoff match. Cuéllar was very lucky to qualify. The tournament expanded from 12 teams to 16 teams and the United States was the host, so their squad automatically qualified; had these two changes not been made, Mexico would have likely been out.

Cuéllar went on to schedule friendlies and participate in organized tournaments, but with few victories. The team qualified for 2011 and 2015, but his coaching style remained consistent. Frustration grew among his players after his call-ups involved much controversy. As players like Charlyn Corral and Kenti Robles demanded change, Cuéllar began to omit them from future squads. Likewise, he discriminated against Stephany Mayor and Bianca Sierra for being in a relationship, leading to their infrequent call-ups as well. His reign eventually ended when Mexico failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

3. Roberto Medina: Promoted from U-20 squad to the senior team without any official announcement from the FMF, Medina served as head coach from 2016 to 2018. With few victories--including a 3-0 win against Venezuela early in his tenure, his technique was essentially a continuation of Cuéllar's style. Though he was praised after Mexico won the gold during the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, he was relieved of his position after failing to advance out of the group stage during the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship. With losses to Panama and the United States, Mexico did not qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup despite having the Liga MX Femenil and the most talented generation it had seen up until this point. Historically weaker teams, such as Jamaica and Panama, advanced further than the squad, signifying that other teams had surpassed Mexico. After his ouster, he became head coach of Tigres. Medina had been the U-20 coach one other time, but elected to coach a men's team just before a world cup.

4. Christopher Cuéllar: With no official announcement, Cuéllar Jr. replaced Medina after the team failed to qualify for 2019. Cuéllar, the son of Leonardo Cuéllar, was promoted after serving as the U-20 women's squad coach. Like his predecessors, Cuéllar Jr. has had limited results. During the 2019 Pan American Games, La Tri finished in fifth place after failing to advance beyond the group stage despite the absence of both the United States and Canada. Throughout his first 21 games as DT, the team has had 6 victories, 5 draws, and 10 losses. Their best win has been against the Czech Republic, ranked 28th in the world (with whom they've also tied), whereas their worst loss was against Paraguay, ranked 48th. Despite upcoming dates like the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Cuéllar Jr. was seen working with men's teams. #FueraCuellar has trended on Twitter multiple times. On January 18, 2021, the FMF announced that Cuéllar was relieved of his duties as head coach, nearly a year after the team's last match.

5. Mónica Vergara: On January 19, 2021, the FMF formally announced Vergara as the full team's head coach. Prior to rising to the highest level, Vergara was an assistant coach and eventually head coach for each of the U-15, U-17, and U-20 squads. She led the U-15 team to the bronze medal at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She also led the U-17 team to a second-place finish at the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, the best result of any Mexican women's team at a world cup. Vergara also led the U-20 squad to a second-place finish of the 2020 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, but the event was postponed by a year before eventually being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vergara has yet to head the team in a match, though her first participation is expected prior to the summer of 2021 in preparation for CONCACAF's annual women's summer tournament. She is also expected to lead the team through the 2022 CONCACAF Women's Championship in order to qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Players

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Cecilia Santiago (1994-10-19) 19 October 1994 (age 26) 64 0 Netherlands PSV
12 1GK Itzel González (1994-08-14) 14 August 1994 (age 26) 3 0 Mexico Tijuana

2 2DF Kenti Robles (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 29) 73 3 Spain Real Madrid
3 2DF Arianna Romero (1992-07-29) 29 July 1992 (age 28) 47 1 Unattached
4 2DF Kimberly Rodriguez (1999-03-26) 26 March 1999 (age 21) 8 1 Unattached
5 2DF Jimena López (1999-01-30) 30 January 1999 (age 21) 21 2 United States OL Reign (draft pick)
13 2DF Ana Lozada (1997-07-22) 22 July 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Mexico América
15 2DF Monica Flores (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 24) 11 0 Mexico Monterrey

6 3MF Alexia Delgado (1999-12-09) 9 December 1999 (age 21) 8 0 United States Arizona State Sun Devils
7 3MF Mirelle Arciniega (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 28) 3 1 Mexico Puebla
8 3MF Bri Campos (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 26) 4 0 Sweden Vittsjö
10 3MF Yamilé Franco (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 28) 12 1 Mexico Monterrey
14 3MF Jennifer Muñoz (1996-11-04) 4 November 1996 (age 24) 2 1 Mexico América
16 3MF Amanda Pérez (1994-07-31) 31 July 1994 (age 26) 8 0 Portugal Sporting CP
18 3MF Diana García (1999-11-11) 11 November 1999 (age 21) 2 0 Mexico Monterrey
20 3MF Brenda León (1993-09-08) 8 September 1993 (age 27) 1 0 Mexico Cruz Azul

9 4FW Kiana Palacios (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 24) 21 2 Spain Real Sociedad
11 4FW Viridiana Salazar (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 23) 2 0 Mexico Pachuca
17 4FW Mariela Jiménez (1997-12-13) 13 December 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Mexico UNAM
19 4FW Atzimba Casas (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 26) 1 0 Mexico Juárez

Recent call-ups

  • The following players were called up to the Mexico squad in the last 12 months.
  • This list may be incomplete.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Emily Alvarado (1998-06-09) 9 June 1998 (age 22) 6 0 Unattached 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
GK Bianca Henninger (1990-10-22) 22 October 1990 (age 30) 7 0 Retired 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
GK Alejandría Godínez (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 26) 2 0 Mexico Monterrey 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE

DF Bianca Sierra (1992-06-25) 25 June 1992 (age 28) 56 0 Mexico UANL 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
DF Rebeca Bernal (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 23) 23 0 Mexico Monterrey 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
DF Jocelyn Orejel (1996-11-14) 14 November 1996 (age 24) 12 0 Mexico América 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
DF Janelly Farías (1990-02-12) 12 February 1990 (age 30) 11 0 Mexico América 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
DF Mariana Cadena (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 25) 3 0 Mexico Monterrey 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
DF Andrea Sánchez (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 26) 4 0 Mexico Monterrey 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
DF Mónica Rodríguez (1998-08-03) 3 August 1998 (age 22) 1 0 Mexico América 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
DF Reyna Reyes (2001-02-16) 16 February 2001 (age 19) 0 0 United States Alabama Crimson Tide 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE

MF Stephany Mayor (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 29) 79 14 Mexico UANL 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
MF Karla Nieto (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 26) 25 0 Mexico Pachuca 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
MF María Sánchez (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 24) 24 3 Mexico UANL 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
MF Liliana Mercado (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 32) 22 1 Mexico UANL 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
MF Lizbeth Ovalle (1999-10-19) 19 October 1999 (age 21) 18 4 Mexico UANL 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
MF Diana Evangelista (1994-11-05) 5 November 1994 (age 26) 4 0 Mexico Monterrey 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
MF Dinora Garza (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 32) 30 5 Mexico UNAM 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Nancy Antonio (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 (age 24) 15 1 Mexico UANL 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Joana Robles (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 26) 13 0 Mexico Atlas 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Cristina Ferral (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 27) 11 1 Mexico UANL 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Belén Cruz (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Mexico UANL 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Ana López (1994-02-09) 9 February 1994 (age 26) 1 0 Mexico Pachuca 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Silvana Flores (2002-04-18) 18 April 2002 (age 18) 0 0 England Chelsea 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Nicole Pérez (2001-08-30) 30 August 2001 (age 19) 0 0 Mexico Monterrey 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
MF Maricarmen Reyes (2000-04-23) 23 April 2000 (age 20) 0 0 United States UCLA Bruins 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE

FW Renae Cuéllar (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 30) 37 10 Mexico Tijuana 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
FW Daniela Espinosa (1999-07-13) 13 July 1999 (age 21) 12 0 Mexico América 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
FW Adriana Iturbide (1993-03-27) 27 March 1993 (age 27) 6 1 Mexico Atlas 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
FW Charlyn Corral (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 29) 53 29 Spain Atlético Madrid 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
FW Kaitlyn Johnson (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 26) 23 8 United States Chicago Red Stars 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
FW Katty Martínez (1998-03-14) 14 March 1998 (age 22) 10 1 Mexico UANL 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE
FW Desirée Monsiváis (1988-01-19) 19 January 1988 (age 33) 5 3 Mexico Monterrey 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE

Notes:

  • INJ: Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE: Preliminary squad

Notable players

Previous squads

Records

  • Active players in bold, statistics correct as of 2020.

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