Rabat – On Monday, February 26th, Morocco’s 2026 World Cup Bid Committee met with a delegation from the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) to discuss key elements of the country’s candidacy before it submits its formal application to host the event.
The meeting was held in Rabat and chaired by Moulay Hafid Elalamy, a chairman of Morocco’s Bid Committee and the Moroccan Minister of Industry.
During the meeting, the Moroccan committee (along with the FIFA delegation) explored key aspects related to government guarantees and other legal elements, read a statement issued by the Committee on Wednesday.
Morocco’s Head of Government, Saad Eddine El-Othmani, received the FIFA delegation with Rachid Talbi Alami, the Moroccan Minister of Youth and Sports.
FIFA’s meeting with El-Othmani was a chance for the Moroccan government to reaffirm its full support of the Moroccan bid to organize a “World Cup that is impeccable and meets all FIFA terms and specifications,” added the statement.
Both Morocco and the competing three joint North American bidders (Mexico, Canada, and the United States) will have to submit their formal a proposals to FIFA on March 16th.
Morocco first applied to host the tournament on August 11th, 2017— but the country’s bid campaign was only launched by the Moroccan committee on January 23rd.
Elalamy said that the Moroccan filing “will be of big importance.” Referring to Morocco’s unsuccessful bids, the Minister of Trade and Investment said that, “this is a new Morocco, not that of the 2010 bid […] FIFA knows that when we launch [infrastructure] projects, we deliver.”
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Reinforcing his statement, Elalamy said that one of the strengths of the North African is its stability, “which is good for both investment and football.Moroccans are fans of football. Our fans are known, and our infrastructure meets the international standards.”
If Morocco wins the bid to host the 23rd FIFA World Cup, it will be the second African country to host the World Cup. The first was South Africa, which hosted the international sports event back in 2010.
Several sports officials, including the President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, and former president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, expressed their support for Morocco’s bid, emphasizing that the time has come for an African country to again host the tournament.