Liga MX Apertura Schedule
Chivas and Leon will face each other in the first weekend of the Liga MX 2020 Apertura. Francisco Guasco/EPA.

Mexico’s football campaign for the 2020-21 top-flight season will commence July 23 after Liga MX confirmed that as the new start date for the upcoming Apertura campaign.

Liga MX was midway through the 2019-20 Clausura when play was suspended due to the coronavirus in March, after which it was decided to abandon the season rather than resume it.

League president Enrique Bonilla also confirmed in April that promotion to and from Liga MX will be suspended for the next five seasons, per ESPN FC’s Tom Marshall.

The new 2020 Liga MX schedule should see regular-season games run from July 23 until November 9; the play-off phase will begin in late November, with plans to conclude before the end of December 2020.

Cesar Hernandez of ESPN FC posted a rundown of the first week of matchups back next week:

Mexico has been badly affected by COVID-19 and on Sunday surpassed Italy to become the fourth worst-hit nation with more than 35,000 deaths, per the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

Bonilla also confirmed the Apertura will be renamed “Torneo Guardiane—or Guard1anes—2020” in recognition of those who have helped fight on the front lines of the pandemic this year:

In the lead-up to the Apertura, teams in Mexico are competing in the Copa por México. The semifinals begin Wednesday night as Cruz Azul and Tigres face off, followed by Guadalajara vs Club America on Thursday.