Rabat - Morocco’s 2026 World Cup Bid Committee on Tuesday officially launched its campaign in Casablanca to host the 23rd FIFA World Cup in 2026.
Rabat – Morocco’s 2026 World Cup Bid Committee on Tuesday officially launched its campaign in Casablanca to host the 23rd FIFA World Cup in 2026.
Speaking at a press conference at the inauguration of the campaign, the chairman of the committee unveiled Morocco’s strategy for the World Cup bid campaign.
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 another Morocco, not that of the 2010 bid […] FIFA knows that when we launch [infrastructure] projects, we deliver.”
“What are Morocco’s strengths? Our strengths are the stability of our country, which is good for both investment and football,” said Elalamy.
Shedding light on Morocco’s passion for football, the minister said that “Moroccans are fans of football, our fans are known, and our infrastructure meets the international standards.”
Elalamy also highlighted Morocco’s geographical location. “Morocco’s geographical position is exceptional. It is only 14 km away from Europe. The time zone is perfect for gathering a large majority of spectators.” “We will not have to wake up at 3 a.m. to watch a soccer game.” Elalamy has also referred to Morocco’s Hospitality as an established institution.
“A FIFA World Cup in Morocco will deliver commercial success and leave a long-lasting legacy, and if we win the honor of hosting we believe the winners will be football, the young people of our nation, Africa, and the world,” he said.
The conference was also marked by the participation of the President of Morocco’s Royal Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa, and Minister of Youth and Sports, Rachid Talbi Alami.
For his part, Lekjaa said “we have assembled a committed and experienced team to bring our vision to life. This is an important moment as we begin to showcase our bid to Morocco, the international community, and FIFA’s National Associations.”
The Minister of Youth and Sports said “Morocco has made rapid progress since 2003 in terms of sports, infrastructure, hotels, airports, motorways and public transportation networks.”
He said that Morocco’s government is fully supporting the Moroccan bid to host the tournament. The bid for Alami, is “an opportunity to galvanize efforts and look to provide new momentum to the national economy.”
Alami, who was quoted by Maghreb Arab Press, said “Morocco can mobilize funds to host the World Cup without affecting the budget balance.”
“Morocco is ready to welcome and grant visas to all supporters wishing to attend the World Cup and is committed to supporting companies that seek to set up businesses in the Kingdom.”