If FIFA Disqualifies Morocco 2026, They Must Explain Why: Elalamy

Morocco 2026 World Cup bid committee

Rabat – The five-member FIFA task force met with Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid committee and the North American bid committee today in Zurich.

The meeting is the last chance for the committees to convince the task force that their bids are viable.

During the meeting, the committees answered questions from the FIFA task force. FIFA is set to publish the assessments of the task force in the first week of June.

The FIFA task force can eliminate a bid if it scores less than 2 out of 5 points before the FIFA vote, scheduled for June 13.

Chairman of the Moroccan committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy said on Tuesday that if task force eliminates Morocco, it should “explain why in a sufficiently convincing way.”

The Moroccan committee has pledged to host a tournament with international standards. CEO of the bid committee Hicham El Amrani said that hosting the tournament in Morocco “would be like staging it in Europe,” according to sports news outlet Goal.

El Amrani told BBC that Morocco was confident that European countries will support the African bid. “There is confidence from our meetings with member associations across Europe, they understand where we come from,” he said. “They know Moroccan hospitality and vibrancy.”

El Amrani has also touted Morocco’s assets, including its proximity to European countries and the fact games would be conveniently played in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

“We’re just a few hours’ flying distance from capital cities across Europe, and the European countries will provide a huge number of fans.”

El Amrani’s arguments were present in the Moroccan bid, which was publicly published in March.

Morocco’s bid book underscores the importance of football in the North African country. The briefing describes Morocco as a land of football, where the games’ passion “run through every vein” in Morocco.

Morocco officially submitted its bid book to FIFA on March 15. The application has received the support of many countries from different corners of the world, including Russia, Serbia, Luxembourg, Botswana, Qatar, Algeria, Tunisia, and France.