Rabat – Morocco’s 2026 World Cup Bid committee received the FIFA Task Force delegation and other representatives of the FIFA administration on Monday.
The five-member task force will spend three days in several cities around the country in order to evaluate Morocco’s assets and capacity to host FIFA’s massive tournament.
FIFA’s Task Force will visit stadiuims, training camps, fan sites, and media centers in four Moroccan cities: Marrakech (April 16-17), Agadir (April 17-18), Tangier (April 18-19), and Casablanca (April 19), according to a press release published by FIFA on April 7.
In a statement published by Maghreb Arab Press, Moroccan bid Chairman Moulay Hafid Elalamy announced, “Thanks to the Kingdom’s strategies, led by HM the King and embodied by a whole people, Morocco is ready to welcome the members of the FIFA Task Force to our land of football.”
He added that the country will offer FIFA and the football fans a remarkable tournament, stating that the World Cup in Morocco “would be a source of pride” and a “formidable catalyst for development.”
FIFA’s Task Force committee includes Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee Tomaž Vesel; Chairman of the Governance Committee Mukul Mudgal; Member of the Organising Committee for Competitions Ilcho Gjorgjioski; FIFA Deputy Secretary General (Administration) Marco Villiger; and FIFA Deputy Secretary General (Football) Zvonimir Boban.
The Task Force visit followed Morocco’s recent letters addressed to FIFA, expressing the country’s concerns over the scoring system.
Royal Football Federation addressed its first letter to FIFA on March 25, regarding 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,” wrote the FRMF president.
Lekjaa explained 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.”
On April 3, FIFA responded to convey that the aim of the Task Force is to “determine whether the bids meet the requirements in terms of infrastructure and revenue-cost criteria.”
FIFA’s arguments, however, were not enough to convince Morocco’s FRMF.
“We have taken note of your answers, but unfortunately they have not resolved these concerns and we are still convinced that the scoring system does not comply with the requirements of the bid rules,” reads the recent letter of President of FRMF Fouzi Lekjaa to FIFA.
Lekjaa continued, saying that Morocco was surprised this measure surfaced only 48 hours before Morocco submitted its bid.
“The late distribution of the scoring system cannot be justified merely by the fact that it was communicated as soon as possible to the candidates,” he added.