El Tri Femenil
|Association||Federación Mexicana de Fútbol|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)|
|NAFU (North America)|
|Head coach||Mónica Vergara|
|Most caps||Maribel Domínguez (116)|
|Top scorer||Maribel Domínguez (80)|
|Current||28 1 (18 December 2020)|
|Highest||21 (January 2011)|
|Lowest||31 (December 2002)|
| Mexico 9-0 Austria |
(Jesolo, Italy; 6 July 1970)
| Mexico 10-0 Malta |
(Bristol, England; 28 June 1997)
Martinique 0-10 Mexico
(Bridgeview, United States; 18 October 2014)
| United States 12-0 Mexico |
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991)
|Appearances||3 (first in 1999)|
|Best result||Group Stage (1999, 2011, 2015)|
|CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||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.
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. 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, 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.
In the 1980s, when a series of mundialitos took place, Mexico participated in the 1986 edition. 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. 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. 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 led to him resigning from his position in April 2016.Roberto Medina became the head coach in 2017.
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.
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.
The Mexico women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "El Tri Femenil" or "La Tri".
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) making it the largest football-specific stadium in the Americas and the third largest stadium in the world for that sport.
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.
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.
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
|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)
Kathryn Nesbitt (United States)
Fourth official: Crystal Sobers (Trinidad and Tobago
|1991 CONCACAF Tournament||Group stage||0-12||United States|
|1-3||Trinidad and Tobago|
|8-1||Martinique||3 / 4|
|1994 CONCACAF Tournament||Group stage||0-9||United States|
|3-3||Trinidad and Tobago||3 / 5|
|1998 CONCACAF Tournament||Group stage||3-2||Costa Rica|
|2-2||Trinidad and Tobago||1 / 4|
|1999 World Cup||Group stage||1-7||Brazil||Domínguez|
|0-2||Italy||4 / 4|
|1999 Pan American Games||Group stage||1-1||United States|
|5-1||Trinidad and Tobago||3 / 5|
|Semifinals||2-2 (PSO: 5-3)||Canada|
|2000 Gold Cup||Group stage||3-4||Canada||Domínguez 2, Mora|
|7-0||Guatemala||Mora 4, Domínguez 3|
|0-3||China||3 / 4|
|2002 Gold Cup||Group stage||0-3||United States|
|5-1||Panama||Gómez 2, Domínguez, Leyva, Sandoval|
|2-0||Trinidad and Tobago||2 / 4||Gerardo 2|
|Third place match||4-1||Costa Rica||Domínguez 2, González, Mora|
|2003 Pan American Games||Group stage||1-0||Costa Rica||Worbis|
|3-1||Argentina||Mora, Rosales, Worbis|
|Third place match||4-1||Argentina||Leyva, Mora, Moreno, Rosales|
|2004 Summer Olympics||Group stage||1-1||China||Domínguez|
|0-2||Germany||2 / 3|
|2006 Gold Cup||Group stage||3-0||Trinidad and Tobago||Domínguez, González, P. Pérez|
|Third place match||3-0||Jamaica||Ocampo 2, Domínguez|
|2007 World Cup qualification||AFC-CONCACAF play-off||0-2 2-1||Japan||Domínguez, Leyva|
|2007 Pan American Games||Group stage||5-0||Paraguay||Corral 2, Ocampo 2, Valdez|
|3-2||United States U20||López 2, Worbis|
|Third place match||1-2||Canada||Worbis|
|2008 Summer Olympics qualification||Group stage||8-1||Jamaica||López 4, Morales 2, Ocampo, Worbis|
|1-3||United States||2 / 3||Worbis|
|2010 Gold Cup||Group stage||7-2||Guyana||Domínguez 4, Garza, Worbis|
|2-0||Trinidad and Tobago||Domínguez, López|
|0-3||Canada||2 / 4|
|Semifinals||2-1||United States||Domínguez, V. Pérez|
|2011 World Cup||Group stage||1-1||England||Ocampo|
|2-2||New Zealand||3 / 4||Domínguez, Mayor|
|2011 Pan American Games||Group stage||0-0||Chile|
|1-1||Trinidad and Tobago||Domínguez|
|1-0||Colombia||2 / 4||V. Pérez|
|Third place match||1-0||Colombia||Ruiz|
|2012 Summer Olympics qualification'||Group stage||5-0||Guatemala||Domínguez 3, Diaz, Garza|
|7-0||Dominican Republic||Guajardo 3, Diaz, Ruiz, Saucedo|
|0-4||United States||2 / 4|
|2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship||Group stage||0-1||Costa Rica|
|10-0||Martinique||Samarzich, Duarte 2, Mayor, Guillou (o.g.), Garciamendez, Garza, Ocampo 2, Noyola|
|3-1||Jamaica||2 / 4||Mayor, Corral 2|
|Third Place Match||4-2||Trinidad and Tobago||Mayor, Ocampo, Corral 2|
|2015 World Cup||Group stage||1-1||Colombia||V. Pérez|
|0-5||France||4 / 4|
|2015 Pan American Games||Group stage||0-1||Colombia|
|3-1||Argentina||Noyola, Rangel, Ruiz|
|3-1||Trinidad and Tobago||2 / 4||Mayor 2, Ocampo|
|Third place match||2-0||Canada||Ocampo, Mayor|
|2016 Summer Olympics qualification||Group stage||6-0||Puerto Rico||Domínguez 3, Garciamendez, Rangel, Johnson|
|1-2||Costa Rica||3 / 4||Domínguez|
|2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship||Group stage||0-6||United States|
|4-1||Trinidad and Tobago||Corral 2, Johnson, Sanchez|
|0-2||Panama||3 / 4|
|2019 Pan American Games||Group stage||2-0||Jamaica||Palacios, Corral|
|2-2||Colombia||3 / 4||Caracas (o.g.), Corral|
|Fifth place match||5-1||Panama||Ovalle 2, Rodriguez, Mayor, Martínez|
|2020 Summer Olympics qualification||Group stage||1-0||Jamaica||Cuéllar|
|6-0||Saint Kitts and Nevis||Palacios, López, Mayor, Cuéllar 2, Mercado|
|0-2||Canada||2 / 4|
|Assistant Manager (U-20)||Maribel Domínguez|
|Assistant Manager (U-17)||Ana Laura Galindo|
|Assistant Manager (U-15)||Karla Maya|
Updated on 11 March 2020 after the match against Czech Republic.
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.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Cecilia Santiago||19 October 1994||64||0||PSV|
|12||GK||Itzel González||14 August 1994||3||0||Tijuana|
|2||DF||Kenti Robles||15 February 1991||73||3||Real Madrid|
|3||DF||Arianna Romero||29 July 1992||47||1||Unattached|
|4||DF||Kimberly Rodriguez||26 March 1999||8||1||Unattached|
|5||DF||Jimena López||30 January 1999||21||2||OL Reign (draft pick)|
|13||DF||Ana Lozada||22 July 1997||1||0||América|
|15||DF||Monica Flores||31 January 1996||11||0||Monterrey|
|6||MF||Alexia Delgado||9 December 1999||8||0||Arizona State Sun Devils|
|7||MF||Mirelle Arciniega||13 August 1992||3||1||Puebla|
|8||MF||Bri Campos||3 February 1994||4||0||Vittsjö|
|10||MF||Yamilé Franco||7 July 1992||12||1||Monterrey|
|14||MF||Jennifer Muñoz||4 November 1996||2||1||América|
|16||MF||Amanda Pérez||31 July 1994||8||0||Sporting CP|
|18||MF||Diana García||11 November 1999||2||0||Monterrey|
|20||MF||Brenda León||8 September 1993||1||0||Cruz Azul|
|9||FW||Kiana Palacios||1 October 1996||21||2||Real Sociedad|
|11||FW||Viridiana Salazar||2 January 1998||2||0||Pachuca|
|17||FW||Mariela Jiménez||13 December 1997||1||0||UNAM|
|19||FW||Atzimba Casas||14 September 1994||1||0||Juárez|
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Emily Alvarado||9 June 1998||6||0||Unattached||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|GK||Bianca Henninger||22 October 1990||7||0||Retired||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|GK||Alejandría Godínez||24 February 1994||2||0||Monterrey||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|DF||Bianca Sierra||25 June 1992||56||0||UANL||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|DF||Rebeca Bernal||31 August 1997||23||0||Monterrey||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|DF||Jocelyn Orejel||14 November 1996||12||0||América||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|DF||Janelly Farías||12 February 1990||11||0||América||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|DF||Mariana Cadena||13 February 1995||3||0||Monterrey||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|DF||Andrea Sánchez||31 March 1994||4||0||Monterrey||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|DF||Mónica Rodríguez||3 August 1998||1||0||América||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|DF||Reyna Reyes||16 February 2001||0||0||Alabama Crimson Tide||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|MF||Stephany Mayor||23 September 1991||79||14||UANL||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|MF||Karla Nieto||9 January 1995||25||0||Pachuca||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|MF||María Sánchez||20 February 1996||24||3||UANL||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|MF||Liliana Mercado||22 October 1988||22||1||UANL||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|MF||Lizbeth Ovalle||19 October 1999||18||4||UANL||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|MF||Diana Evangelista||5 November 1994||4||0||Monterrey||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|MF||Dinora Garza||24 January 1988||30||5||UNAM||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|MF||Nancy Antonio||2 April 1996||15||1||UANL||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|MF||Joana Robles||26 July 1994||13||0||Atlas||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|MF||Cristina Ferral||16 February 1993||11||1||UANL||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|MF||Belén Cruz||7 November 1998||3||0||UANL||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|MF||Ana López||9 February 1994||1||0||Pachuca||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|MF||Silvana Flores||18 April 2002||0||0||Chelsea||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|MF||Nicole Pérez||30 August 2001||0||0||Monterrey||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|MF||Maricarmen Reyes||23 April 2000||0||0||UCLA Bruins||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|FW||Renae Cuéllar||24 June 1990||37||10||Tijuana||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|FW||Daniela Espinosa||13 July 1999||12||0||América||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|FW||Adriana Iturbide||27 March 1993||6||1||Atlas||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship|
|FW||Charlyn Corral||11 September 1991||53||29||Atlético Madrid||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|FW||Kaitlyn Johnson||14 September 1994||23||8||Chicago Red Stars||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|FW||Katty Martínez||14 March 1998||10||1||UANL||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
|FW||Desirée Monsiváis||19 January 1988||5||3||Monterrey||2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship PRE|
Most capped players
FIFA Women's World Cup
CONCACAF Women's Championship
Pan American Games
Central American and Caribbean Games
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