Rabat – After five unsuccessful attempts to win the rights to organize the World Cup—1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and recently 2026—the Kingdom is not ready to give up. According to news outlet Assabah, Morocco may go against England to host the 2030 World Cup by joining forces with neighbors Algeria and Tunisia.
The two North African countries have both expressed their willingness to consider the possibility of bidding with Morocco to host a Maghreb World Cup in 2030.
Even if FIFA’s Gianni Infantino thinks that Morocco’s joint bid is a good idea, will it be enough to beat England? According to Assabah, England may be considering a joint bid with Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Learning from its mistakes, Morocco will hopefully develop a stronger strategy.
Another trio is very much interested in welcoming the teams of the 2030 World Cup: Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. The South American countries are preparing for a joint bid to celebrate the centenary of the first World Cup held in 1930 in Uruguay.
Morocco may have to hold on tight. After disappointment by 69 votes and some betrayals, the North African country knows that it will be hard to go against a country like England, who will likely receive support from all the powerful European countries within FIFA as well as the Commonwealth countries.
Furthermore, by bidding with its neighbors Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, England increases its chances at the bid.
According to Assabah, the spokesman for UK Prime Minister Theresa May told the Associated Press that the country has the necessary infrastructure because it has already organized several major competitions, including the Olympic Games.
Additionally, England has valuable support from a deal for mutual support with China: the former for the 2030 bid and the latter for 2034.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
On June 13, Morocco 2026 lost the World Cup bid by a margin of 69 votes, making the United bid—the North American trio of Canada, Mexico, and the US—the comfortable winner of a competition many had thought would be tight.
For Morocco 2026 officials, the stakes were much more than money and mere geopolitics. It was about shared values, cultural and geographical proximity, and the sustenance of a passion-driven sport. It was, they thought, a united league of the weak and marginalized against the strong and eternally privileged.
This time, Morocco is not ready to take no for an answer even against tough candidates. The kingdom is now preparing its 2030 bid “upon royal instructions” and has a relatively clear idea about the meaning of endorsements and diplomatic clout in securing the hosting rights under FIFA’s new regulations.
Following the Morocco 2026 loss, Minister of Youth and Sports Rachid Talbi Alami announced that the country would gather its forces and fighting spirit and bid again to win the hosting rights of the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
Talbi further said that Morocco will continue the 2026 projects as planned, suggesting that the construction and innovation plans will be financed and completed as explained in the Morocco 2026 project. The expectation is that pursuing the Morocco 2026 projects will make Morocco a stronger and more serious bidder by 2030.
Keeping the promises
When Morocco lost the organization of the 2010 World Cup to South Africa, Driss Jettou, prime minister at the time, assured that the projects planned for that bid would be continued.
This commitment was partly fulfilled by the construction of new stadiums and the redevelopment of other sites.
Today too, the promises must be kept with the aim of making Morocco the preeminent country in terms of infrastructure in Africa.
On the other hand, FIFA is increasingly interested in the financial gains generated by the World Cup. If Morocco wants its bid to be as strong as that of heavyweight competitors like China or England, the country must start the necessary studies right now to know how to design an advantageous case for both Morocco and FIFA.