Board Member, Mexico, United Bid Committee 2026
President of the Mexico Football Federation
Decio de Maria has served as President of the Mexican Football Federation since August 2015. De Maria has extensive experience in event organization, including being part of the team that brought the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup™ to Mexico, as well as the 2016 FIFA Congress™ to Mexico City.
Prior to his work in soccer, de Maria was the Managing Director of Foreign Trade Services until January 1993, when he was appointed the Managing Director of External Promotion of the Mexican Government. From 1994 until 2000, he served as the Deputy Secretary for the Promotion of Industry and Foreign Trade. From 2002 to 2004, de Maria served as the General Secretary of the Ibero-American Telecommunications Organization (OTI).
In 2004, de Maria became the General Secretary of the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), where he was in charge of establishing the best practices within the organization. De Maria also helped redesign the structure of the federation, as well as the many teams that are part of it.
In 2012, de Maria founded and managed LIGA MX / ASCENSO MX, which he continued to lead it until 2015. During that period, LIGA MX / ASCENSO MX underwent a vast restructuring process that put it in the top 10 leagues in the world in just a few years.
De Maria holds a degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de México (ITAM), and a Masters in Economics from Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he is also a PhD candidate in the field of Economics. He was born in Mexico City.