Sport in Morocco

Sports in Morocco refers to the sports played in the Kingdom of Morocco. As of 2007, Moroccan society participated in many sports, including handball, football, golf, tennis, basketball, and athletics. Hicham El Guerrouj, a retired middle distance runner for Morocco, won two gold medals for Morocco at the Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[1]

Association football has historically been particularly popular amongst persons of African descent and is Morocco's most popular sport. Other popular sports include: athletics, Futsal, basketball, boxing, golf, netball, swimming, surfing and tennis.

Morocco has hosted many international events such as the 1988 African Cup of Nations,[2] 2013 FIFA Club World Cup,[3] 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, 2018 African Nations Championship[4] and the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup.[5] Most of the events hosted are football related since it is the most popular sport in the country.

Ministry of Youth and SportsEdit

The Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Sports was founded in August 1964 and houses all the sporting federations in the country. Despite the Ministry's mission to engage young people in sporting opportunities, many Moroccan athletes denounce the institution as not giving young Moroccans enough sponsorship or opportunities to play sports professionally.[6]

By SportEdit


Morocco at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
Moroccan football fans at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation based in Rabat is the governing body of football in Morocco. Morocco qualified for the FIFA World Cup six times and bid for the World Cups 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2026 but lost out to United States, France, Germany, South Africa and Canada/Mexico/United States in these bids. Morocco is now co-bidding for the 2030 with either Portugal/Spain or Algeria/Tunisia.


The "Botola" Pro is the top league competition for football clubs in Morocco. Each season 16 teams compete for the championship. Champion and runner-up participate in the African Champions League. The most successful clubs in the league are: AS FAR, and Wydad Casablanca, and Raja Casablanca.[7]

The Moroccan top-flight has produced the second-highest number of CAF Champions League titles, with three Moroccan clubs having won seven African trophies in total.[8][9] They also produced the highest number of CAF Confederation Cup titles, with five Moroccan clubs having won seven African confederation trophies.[10]


Morocco's popularity for Futsal has risen over the years due to its similarity to football. Morocco national futsal team is a major force in the African and Arab world. They hosted the 2020 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations.[11] Their first major trophy came in 2016, after defeating Egypt in the final.[12] They have won the Africa Futsal Cup of Nations twice.[13] They also won the Arab Futsal Cup twice.[14][15]

Morocco qualified for the FIFA Futsal World Cup three times, Their best performance was in 2021, where they reached the round of 16.[16][17] Morocco is the only African and Arab country to have won the Futsal Confederations Cup.[18][19]


Morocco is known for having great Kickboxing fighters, Badr Hari is considered to be one of the best Kickboxer in the world.

Equestrian sportsEdit

Morocco has a vibrant equestrian sports community headed by the Royal Moroccan Equestrian Federation. Morocco's most famous equestrian, Abdelkebir Ouaddar, represented the country in the 2014 Normandy World Equestrian Games and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[20]


Mehdi Bennani is Morocco's most notable racing driver. He has competed in the World Touring Car Championship since 2009, where he has scored a number of top three finishes. In 2014 he scored his first WTCC win at the championship's Shanghai round.[21]


Morocco hosted the 2002 Morocco Cup, which was well attended.[22] Sri Lanka beat South Africa in the final.[23]

Morocco boasts an ICC approved ground capable of hosting full internationals, the National Cricket Stadium in Tangier. It has so far hosted a One Day International triangular tournament, the Morocco Cup in 2002, where Sri Lanka won ahead of South Africa and Pakistan.


Morocco, represented by the Moroccan Royal Basketball Federation, has been affiliated to FIBA since 1936.[24] The men's national team has won a FIBA Africa Championship title, won in 1965. The professional national league is Nationale 1.

Women's volleyballEdit

Morocco has a successful women's national volleyball team which lastly qualified for the 2021 Women's African Nations Volleyball Championship[25] where it won the bronze medal.

Rugby unionEdit

Rugby union came to Morocco in the early 20th century, mainly by the French who occupied the country.[26] As a result, Moroccan rugby was tied to the fortunes of France, during the first and second World War, with many Moroccan players going away to fight.[26] Like many other Maghreb nations, Moroccan rugby tended to look to Europe for inspiration, rather than to the rest of Africa.

Notable Moroccan players include:

Ice HockeyEdit

Morocco was admitted into the International Ice Hockey Federation on May 22, 2010.[27]

Hosting international sportsEdit

Morocco had vied many times for hosting the FIFA World Cup, mostly notably losing to Canada/Mexico/United States in 2026 to be the first by three countries to host the tournament.

Morocco hosted the 2019 African Games in Rabat; it was the first time that the country hosted the event. It was the largest African Games ever and the largest sporting event to be hosted by Morocco.

In 2019, it was announced that Morocco would host the inaugural African Para Games in Rabat in January 2020.[28] however, due to poor relations between the Africa Paralympic Committee and the country's authorities, Morocco withdrew and the event took place in Cairo, Egypt.


See alsoEdit


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