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Morocco 2026


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Vision

5 Pillars

The best of football


Morocco, a land of football, pledges to host in 2026 an impeccable World Cup.
• Celebrating the best of the game, and its values of tolerance, openness and respect ;
• Offering an authentic human experience ;
• Leaving a long lasting legacy for the young people of Morocco and Africa.

5 Pillars

Chairman's Message

For the players


For the Fans


For FIFA


For Morocco and Africa


For the World


Chairman's message

Reasons to believe

Reasons to believe

Cities and Stadiums


#1Easy for players & fans

Morocco has just one time zone, one currency and the longest distance between host cities will be about 1,000 km [a 75-minute flight], meaning limited travel and simple logistics for players and fans.

#2

Perfect Mediterranean climate

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Our Mediterranean climate will deliver perfect conditions for players with an average late afternoon and evening temperature of 25C and low humidity, enhancing the quality of play on the pitch.

#5

Great airport connections

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Morocco is well connected with 21 airports linking direct to 52 countries, and our airport capacity will grow from 34 million passengers currently, to 61 million by 2025.

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Exciting stadium legacy

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Some of our stadia will be modular in design, so that after the World Cup they can be reduced in size to ensure they are fit for purpose for the needs of Moroccan football. Modular stadia also present exciting legacy opportunities for the wider Africa.

#3

Magical tourism

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Morocco has mountains, magical cities, pristine beaches, and centuries old culture - all reasons why Morocco is Africa’s most popular tourist destination with over 11 million visitors a year.

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On Europe’s doorstep

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Our proximity to Europe means we are just two hours by plane from most European capitals and, being less than 15km from Spain, fans can easily drive across by car ferry in just 35 minutes.

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Free public transport

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There will be free public transport on trains and buses for all ticket holders. We also have a new state of the art bullet train system - the first in Africa - opening in 2018 that will link Tangier and Casablanca in just over 2 hours.

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Compelling timezone

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More than 60% of participating teams will be from countries located between -3 and +3 hours of Moroccan time, from Argentina to Iran, Iceland to South Africa, ensuring most fans across the world can experience the tournament live at times that suit them.

#7

Hotels for all budgets

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Morocco has over 110,000 hotel rooms across all budgets. This capacity will increase to 186,000 by 2026. All host cities will be located within an hour's drive of an airport.

#10

Leading in sustainability

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The world’s largest solar power plant is in Morocco, and by 2020 we will produce 42% of our energy from non-fossil sources such as solar, wind and hydro.

#11

Football tradition

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Morocco has a strong football tradition - the 1st African country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup™ (1970) through African Qualifications, the 1st African country to reach the 2nd round of the FIFA World Cup™ (1986) and the 1st African country to host the FIFA Club World Cup™ (2013 and 2014).

#12

Flourishing economy

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Our economy is strong with GDP growth predicted to be 4% per year up to 2022, and six of the world’s top 10 fastest growing economies were in Africa in 2017.

Cities and Stadiums

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Cities and Stadiums


ouarzazate
oujda
tetouan
agadir
tangier
meknes
El jadida
Fez
marrakesh
rabat
casablanca
nador

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13.04.2018

FIFA World Cup Winner and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos unveiled as Morocco 2026 ambassador

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13.04.2018

Morocco 2026 is pleased to announce that former Brazil star, Roberto Carlos, has today joined the Moroccan FIFA World Cup bid as an ambassador. Carlos, who enjoyed an illustrious and successful career, will lend his influential voice to Morocco’s bid and will bring his expert knowledge of world football to the Morocco 2026 team. A FIFA World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, Carlos won the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, and the Supercopa de Espana, all on multiple occasions, during a glittering 11 year career at Real Madrid. His journey in football spanned multiple continents and saw him play for nine clubs across Spain, Italy, Brazil, India and Turkey. Apart from the strong support of legendary Moroccan stars Mustapha Hadji, Mohamed Timoumi and Aziz Bouderbala, as well as charismatic Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia, Roberto Carlos becomes the latest international player to come out in support of Morocco 2026. He follows African legends Khalilou Fadiga, El Hadji Diouf, Joseph-Antoine Bell, Mazembe goal keeper Robert Kidiaba and Tunisian Adel Chedli, among others, who have expressed their backing. Roberto Carlos said: "I am strongly convinced that Morocco, the land of football, will celebrate the best of the game, offering the world an impeccable tournament full of authentic passion."

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17.03.2018

Morocco 2026 Unveils Proposed Cities & Stadia to Host FIFA World Cup 2026

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17.03.2018

The Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup Bid Committee has today unveiled 12 proposed cities and 14 stadia as part of its plans to host a stunning and unforgettable FIFA World Cup in 2026. Morocco’s proposed host cities and stadia were confirmed as Morocco 2026 submitted detailed hosting plans in its bid book to FIFA earlier this week. Morocco 2026’s proposed stadia include: - Five existing stadia in Marrakech, Agadir, Fez, Rabat and Tangier that will undergo exciting renovation and expansion to meet FIFA requirements, leaving state of the art stadia for local professional clubs and venues to host future major events - Three already planned stadia that fulfil FIFA World Cup 2026 requirements – including the 93,000 capacity National Stadium in Casablanca that will be home to the national team and host the opening match and final; and stadia in Oujda and Tetouan - Six ‘Legacy Modular Stadiums’ [LMS] in Casablanca, Marrakech, El Jadida, Meknes, Nador and Ouarzazate – all selected based on their transport and accommodation infrastructure, and local football legacy needs The Morocco 2026 stadia plan has been developed based on the key principles of using existing or planned stadia wherever possible, creating a showcase for the best of football through state-of-art infrastructure, aligning investment with existing development plans and meeting community needs to ensure a strong legacy. Commenting on the plans Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Morocco 2026 Bid Chairman and Minister for Industry, Investment, Trade & Digital Economy, said: “Today is a key moment for Morocco’s bid and demonstrates the significant work that has been ongoing for many months on developing a stunning hosting plan for the FIFA World Cup 2026. Morocco is committed to offering players and fans an authentic experience, and our 12 proposed host cities capture not simply the magic, mountains, pristine beaches and centuries old culture of Morocco, but also our modernity, rapidly expanding infrastructure and unique vision to host a tournament of celebratory passion that presents the best of football. The FIFA World Cup 2026 is a national priority for our government and that is why it has guaranteed the required investment in our exciting and innovative stadium plans. “Our beautiful and welcoming nation offers players and fans something very special with just one time-zone, one currency and all host cities are within a 550km radius from Casablanca, meaning limited travel and simple logistics. Our hotel capacity has more than doubled since 2003 – we now have 110,000 hotel rooms and we will increase our bed capacity by 70% by 2026. All host cities are also all located within an hour’s drive of an airport, so players and fans need only focus on the one thing that matters most – football.” Legacy is at the heart of Morocco 2026’s stadium plans and vision with up to six stadia having the ability to be downscaled after the tournament to meet the specific needs of their local communities. For example, the LMS in Marrakesh will become a much-needed multi-purpose indoor arena, while the LMS in Ourzazate will become the HQ for a new multi-purpose football centre for Africa. Moulay Hafid Elalamy, added: “Our Legacy Modular Stadiums sit at the heart of Morocco’s bid and are a powerful example of our innovation and commitment to legacy. They will be at the cutting edge of modernity, 100% environmentally responsible and conceived with a sustainable philosophy to reduce construction costs and complexity. “As soon as the final whistle blows on the 2026 tournament, the stadiums will be adapted to meet the specific needs of their cities and to make them more accessible for local communities, with the aim of maximising participation in football and other sports and cultural activities. Local clubs will become anchor tenants with responsibility for adapting the stadia to their requirements, particularly in terms of capacity.” Aziz Bouderbala, former Moroccan international footballer who played at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, said: “I know from personal experience that every nation that plays in Morocco is greeted by truly passionate fans who know football inside out. This is because we were the first African country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 1970 through African qualification, and the first African country to reach the 2nd round of the FIFA World Cup in 1986. This has bred an amazing passion and knowledge for the game and I’m convinced Morocco will deliver something incredibly special for FIFA in 2026.” As well as unveiling Morocco 2026’s proposed Host Cities and stadia, the bid web site, strap line ‘Together For One Goal’ and the first campaign film were revealed, which can all be viewed on www.morocco26.com

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23.01.2018

Morocco 2026 hails extensive work done as FIFA World Cup bid formally launches

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23.01.2018

Casablanca, Morocco – 23 January 2018 Morocco 2026 Bid Committee Chairman, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, today hailed the extensive work completed since the African nation declared its intention to bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, while making his first public appearance as Chairman at a press conference held this morning in Casablanca. He was joined by the President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), M. Fouzi Lekjaa, and the Minister of Youth and Sports, M. Rachid Talbi Alami. The FRMF, the bid team, and bid advisers, have been working together to prepare a bid that highlights the welcoming, passionate, and dynamic nature of Morocco, and shows the world-class stadiums, infrastructure and commercial opportunities that the country has to offer FIFA. Chairman Elalamy unveiled the logo, the bid’s leadership team and its social media channels. He also confirmed that the Bid Committee was in discussions with likely host cities throughout Morocco, and a shortlist of potential venues would be announced in due course with a final list being submitted to FIFA in mid-March. In addition, it was revealed that a number of stadia will be developed on modular principles, ensuring sustainable legacies in every city from 2026. Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Chairman of the Morocco 2026 Bid Committee, said: “Morocco is honoured to be bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup and, as Chairman of our nation’s bid, I am delighted today to begin to set out our vision and kick-start our campaign to host this wonderful festival of football. Today we also reveal our logo and begin our social media initiatives. “Morocco 2026 will showcase the best of football, at the heart of the world in the dynamic continent of Africa. We are ready to welcome the world and it is our promise to stage a tournament overflowing with real passion and to celebrate the game’s values of unity, peace and integrity. “A FIFA World Cup in Morocco will deliver commercial success and leave a long-lasting legacy and if we win the honour of hosting then we believe the winners will be football, the young people of our nation, Africa and the world.” Fouzi Lekjaa, President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), added: “We have assembled a committed, enthusiastic, and experienced team to bring our vision to life for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Today marks an important moment as we fully begin our campaign to showcase our bid to the people of Morocco, the international community and all the National Associations of FIFA. “We are working hard to submit a superb bid to FIFA in mid-March and we will reveal more details as we move forward. We may surprise many people with our strong infrastructure and commercial offering, and we will highlight our wonderful welcome, host cities and stunning locations. It promises to be a truly special bid.” -ENDS- Notes to Editors Hicham El Amrani will serve as Morocco 2026 CEO, Previously Confederation of African Football (CAF) Secretary General, El Amrani has extensive experience working within football governance, and will also bring commercial, marketing and planning expertise to the bid. Please find attached an image of the Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup Bid logo. Further images of the press conference are available upon request. Engage with Morocco 2026 here:
Twitter: @Morocco2026_EN / @Morocco2026_FR / @Morocc2026_AR
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Morocco2026Official.EN/ 

For further information:
Tom Lloyd
VERO Communications
[email protected]07824 807 743

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17.03.2018

Press Pack Morocco 2026 - March 17 2018

26.03.2018

Submission by the Moroccan Football Association

FAQ

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What is the FIFA World Cup™ ?

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The FIFA World Cup™ is the premier tournament in men’s international Football and the biggest single-event sports competition in the world.

It’s contested by the senior men’s national teams from every FIFA Member Association. The Finals of the competition are held once every four years over a period of one month.

In 2026, an expanded tournament format will see 48 teams qualify to participate in the Final Competition. A three-year qualification phase will determine which teams take part – a minimum of eight from Asia; nine from Africa; six from North and Central America; six from South America; one from Oceania; and 16 from Europe. The winning team will become world champions.

6.

How much will Morocco 2026 cost and how will it be funded ?

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A detailed hosting budget will be part of our bid submission to FIFA in March 2018. It will be made publicly available after this date.

All operational costs of hosting the World Cup are covered by FIFA, through money generated by the sale of broadcast and marketing rights. The Government of Morocco has undertaken to fund any necessary investments in line with the national development strategy and vision.

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How will the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ be awarded ?

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The host of the 2026 tournament will be decided according to a new bid process.

In June 2018, the 68th FIFA Congress, comprising each of the 211 national associations, will vote to elect a host from among the shortlisted candidates. The shortlist will be determined by the FIFA Council according to the outcome of a bid evaluation process conducted by a FIFA Task Force.

Criteria for evaluation include technical elements (stadiums, team facilities, accommodation, transport and mobility, IT infrastructure, FIFA Fan Fest concept) and commercial considerations.

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Does Morocco have the infrastructure needed to host the FIFA World Cup™ ?

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Absolutely. Morocco has solidified its position as the key commercial gateway to Africa thanks to billions of dollars of investment in modern infrastructure this decade alone

The country is Africa’s leading tourism destination, attracting more than 10 million visitors every year. It offers outstanding accommodation capacity, with more than 110,000 hotel bed nights currently available across a range of budgets.

Transport infrastructure has seen significant investment, including world-leading new high-speed rail lines and the extension of the motorway network. National airport capacity will increase to 50 million by 2026, with direct connections to 80 international destinations currently.

Morocco’s stadium inventory has also improved rapidly since 2003, allowing us to host events such as the FIFA Club World Cup™ in 2013 and 2014 and the 2018 African Nations Championship.

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What are the key dates in the bid process to award the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ ?

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Key dates in the bidding process include :

- 16 March 2018 : deadline for submission of bids to FIFA
- June 2018 : shortlisting of bids by the FIFA Council
- 13 June 2018 : candidate presentations to the 68th FIFA Congress (Moscow, Russia) followed by host election.

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How will Morocco benefit from hosting the FIFA World Cup™ 2026 ?

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The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will touch our nation at every level, particularly our young people.

It will reinforce social, environmental and economic development across Morocco and strengthen the country’s status as the emerging gateway to Africa, the world’s youngest and fastest-growing continent.
The tournament will unlock new investment in Morocco and serve as a global showcase for our success, as well as a catalyst for further progress, pride and cohesion. Hosting the FIFA World Cup™ will also provide real impetus to Morocco’s development as a leading football nation.

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Who is leading the Morocco 2026 bid ?

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Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Morocco's Minister for Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, has been appointed Bid Committee Chairman, and former CAF General Secretary Hicham El Amrani is Bid Committee CEO

Former CAF General Secretary Hicham El Amrani is Bid Committee CEO.
In addition, there is a much wider team, now involving more than 70 people, including international experts, supporting the bid, as well as relevant staff and resources of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, led by its President M. Fouzi Lekjaa.

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How can I get involved ?

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Show your support for Morocco’s bid by heading to the Social Wall feature.

All you need to do is upload a selfie. It can be solo picture or a group shot with friends. The photo will be posted on our supporters’ wall with the #Morocco2026 hashtag.
You can also follow us on social media(Facebook or Twitter, or post your own message of support using the #Morocco2026 hashtag.

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Why should Morocco be chosen to host the FIFA World Cup™ 2026 ?

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Morocco 2026 will celebrate the best of football at the heart of the world. We’re promising a tournament overflowing with authentic football passion and real human legacy

We’ll also make use of our ‘sweetspot’ location – right at the crossroads of the world – to maximise broadcast and commercial success, and as a platform to tell a positive story about football as a force for hope and change. Morocco 2026 will bring benefits for everyone
• Players and teams, thanks to Mediterranean weather, compact geography and a single time zone ;
• Fans, with a tournament that’s easy and affordable to get to and get around – all in a country renowned for its football, tourism and culture ;
• FIFA, through an image-enhancing celebration that will deliver certain commercial success in the ideal broadcast timezone ;
• Morocco and Africa, by reinforcing significant social, environmental and economic development in a dynamic country that today serves as the key business gateway for the world’s youngest and fastest-growing continent ;
• The world, as a unique opportunity to build bridges between peoples and civilisations.

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OUARZAZATE

population

183 795 inhabitants

climate

Mediterranean

Ouarzazate, where a thriving cultural hub meets a technological oasis…

The Ouarzazate Legacy Modular Stadium

Capacity

46,000

Main user

Club Sportif Municipal of Ouarzazate

OUJDA

population

494 252 inhabitants

climate

Mediterranean

Oujda, where rich history meets an openness to Europe…

The Oujda Stadium

Capacity

45,600

Main user

Mouloudia Club de Oujda /
USMO

TETOUAN

population

596 886 inhabitants

climate

Temperate

Tetouan, where Hispano-Moorish heritage meets sporting passion…

The Tetouan Stadium

Capacity

45,600

Main user

Moghreb Athletic de Tetouan

AGADIR

population

1 141 717 inhabitants

climate

Mild

Agadir, where the blue of the Atlantic meets the many colours of local life…

Adrar Stadium

Capacity

46,048

Main user

Hassania Union Sport Agadir

TANGIER

population

1 065 601 inhabitants

climate

Temperate

Tangier, where artistic influences meet a cultural crossroads…

Ibn Battouta Stadium

Capacity

65,000

Main user

Ittihad Riadi de Tanger

MEKNES

population

835 695 inhabitants

climate

Mild

Meknes, where the splendour of the past meets an agricultural future…

The Meknes Legacy Modular Stadium

Capacity

46,000

Main user

Club Omnisport de Meknès

EL JADIDA

population

424 597 inhabitants

climate

Temperate

El Jadida, where historic ramparts meet modern beaches…

El Jadida’s Legacy Modular Stadium

Capacity

46,000

Main user

Difaâ Hassani d'El Jadida /
Indoor sporting events organisers and sports federations

FEZ

population

1 150 131 inhabitants

climate

Mild

Fez, where authentic atmosphere meets football fever…

The Fez Stadium

Capacity

46,092

Main user

Maghreb AS / Wydad Athletic de Fez

MARRAKESH

population

1 330 468 inhabitants

climate

Mediterranean

Marrakesh, where eastern tradition meets modern luxury.

RABAT

population

2 134 533 inhabitants

climate

Mediterranean

Rabat, where the treasures of the past meet eco-responsible innovations…

Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium

Capacity

46,500

Main user

AS Royal Armed Forces /
Fath Union Sport de Rabat

CASABLANCA

population

3 359 818 inhabitants

climate

Temperate

Casablanca, where economic power meets cultural effervescence…

NADOR

population

338 747 inhabitants

climate

Mild

Nador, where a strategic port meets a beach resort…

The Nador Legacy Modular Stadium

Capacity

46,000

Main user

Hilal de Nador, Fath de Nador

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