Rabat - FIFA has responded to the letter penned by President of the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa regarding Morocco’s concerns on the FIFA 2026 Task Force.
Rabat – FIFA has responded to the letter penned by President of the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa regarding Morocco’s concerns on the FIFA 2026 Task Force.
FIFA’s response confirms that football’s governing body has received the FRMF letter pertaining to the scoring system used to evaluate the two bids submitted to host the 23rd world premier tournament.
According to FIFA, the aim of the Task Force evaluation is to “determine whether the bids meet the requirements in terms of infrastructure and revenue- cost criteria.”
The international body added that FIFA “simply provides a methodology for assessing and documenting the extent to which bids submitted meet these requirements in certain key areas.”
Most of the criteria used in the 2026 Task Force are not sine qua non, which results in the exclusion of a bidder if it is not respected. The objective factors that are part of “the evaluation of the bidder.”
In his letter sent to FIFA on March 25, Lekjaa expressed Morocco’s concerns about the fairness and transparency of the procedure.
“To my surprise, the scoring system was finally sent to us on March 14”–24 hours before Morocco submitted its file and two days before the deadline for the submission of applications to FIFA.
Lekjaa said that this system adds “several technical criteria that were not part of the original regulations,” adding that some principles “have never been transmitted to FRMF in the preparation process of the Moroccan bid.”
Subsequently, the Moroccan federation will not accept FIFA’s substantial changes to the original requirements at such a “critical and late stage of the application process.”
In response, FIFA said that “the new criteria do not constitute requirements of the specifications but their rating can influence the overall evaluation.”
The 2026 Task Force constitutes a group of football “experts” in charge of evaluating the assets of each bid racing to win the eligibility to host the 23rd FIFA World Cup.