Royal Moroccan Football Federation

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (Arabic: الجامعة الملكية المغربية لكرة القدم) (French: Fédération Royale marocaine de football) is the governing body of football in Morocco. It was established in 1956. It became a member in the FIFA in 1960, and in the same year it also became a member of CAF. It organizes the football league, the Botola, the Morocco national football team and the Morocco women's national football team. It is based in Rabat. it is also a member of the UAFA and UNAF.[2]

Royal Moroccan Football Federation
FIFA affiliation1960
CAF affiliation1960
PresidentFouzi Lekjaa

History edit

Africa Cup Of Nations edit

On 29 January 2011, the CAF Board decided that Morocco would host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, while the 2017 edition would be held in South Africa.[3]

In October 2014, the government of Morocco requested a postponement of the tournament due to the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.[4] After the matter was discussed at the executive committee meeting on 2 November 2014, CAF decided to keep the date of the tournament, while also asking for a clarification from the Royal Moroccan Football Federation of whether they still wish to host the tournament.[5] On 8 November, Morocco failed to meet this deadline to confirm it would host the tournament.[6] Three days later CAF confirmed that Morocco would not host the tournament and a new host would be chosen from a list of countries which have expressed interest. Morocco, who had previously qualified as hosts, were disqualified from participation at the tournament.[7][8]

On 1 October 2022, Morocco announced its willingness to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations, after it was stripped from Guinea.[9][10] On 27 September 2023, CAF announced that Morocco will host the 35th edition of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2025.[11][12]

Women's Africa Cup of Nations edit

On 15 January 2021, Morocco was announced as hosts for the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations. This is the first time a North African Arab country has hosted the Women's Africa Cup of Nations.[13] After a successful event, Morocco was given the right to host the 2024 Women's Africa Cup of Nations.[14][15]

FIFA World Cup Bids edit

In 1994, Morocco, United States and Brazil bade to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup.[16] The United States eventually won the bid with 10 votes, Morocco in second place with 7 votes and Brazil with 2.[17][18] Morocco was set to bid on the upcoming 1998 FIFA World Cup. It ended with 12-7 vote for France allowing France to be host of the 16th edition of the FIFA World Cup.[19][20][21]

In 2006, Morocco made their third bid to host the FIFA World Cup. Germany was successful in winning the vote to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[22] Morocco continued its attempt to host the next FIFA World Cup edition but failed in doing so.[23][24] South Africa won the bid making it the first African country to host the World Cup.[25] On 6 June 2015, The Daily Telegraph reported that Morocco had actually won the vote, but South Africa was awarded the tournament instead.[26]

2026 FIFA World Cup edit

On 11 August 2017, was set for submission of an intention to bid, and on that day, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation announced that it would submit a bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.[27] In March 2018, the Morocco 2026 bid committee stated their plan to spend $16 billion on preparing for the tournament, including building new transportation infrastructure, 21 new hospitals, a large number of new hotels and leisure facilities and building and/or renovating new stadiums.[28]

2030 FIFA World Cup edit

The national football association of Morocco is scheduled to bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.[29][30][31] On 15 June 2018, The bid was led by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, who officially confirmed it.[32]

On 25 July 2018, Royal Moroccan Football Federation president Fouzi Lekjaa, confirmed Morocco will apply for the 2030 World Cup bid.[33] On 10 March 2023, The Royal Spanish Football Federation and the Portuguese Football Federation, were studying the possibility of adding Morocco to their Iberian Bid to host the 2030 World Cup replacing Ukraine.[34][35][36]

On 4 October 2023, The FIFA Executive Committee has unanimously accepted the Morocco-Spain-Portugal bid as a candidate to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.[37][38][39] King Mohammed VI appointed Lekjaa as the Chairman of 2030 World Cup Committee.[40][41]

Record of the Moroccan national team edit

Youth and Olympic teams edit

Champions: 1997
Champions: 2015, 2020
Champions: 2011
Champions: 1983, 2013
Champions: 2001, 2017
Champions: 2013
Runners-Up: 2005
Champions: 1961, 1985
Champions: 2007, 2011, 2018

Presidents edit

FIFA rejected an election in 2013, and demanded a new election in 2014.[42][43] A term generally lasts four years.

Rank Name Period
1 Mohamed Yazidi 1956–1958
2 Omar Boucetta 1958–1962
3 Driss Slaoui 1962–1966
4 Majid Benjelloun 1966–1969
5 Maâti Jorio 1969–1970
6 Badreddine Snoussi 1970–1971
7 Arsalane Jadidi 1971–1974
8 Othman Slimani 1974–1978
9 Mehdi Belmejdoub 1978–1979
10 Fadoul Benzeroual 1979–1986
11 Driss Bamous 1986–1992
12 Houssaine Zemmouri 1992–1995
13 Hosni Benslimane 1995–2009[44]
14 Ali Fassi-Fihri (first term) 2009–2013[45]
15 Fouzi Lekjaa (first term) 2013[46]
16 Ali Fassi-Fihri (second term) 2013–2014
17 Fouzi Lekjaa (second term) 2014–present[47]

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