Fifa’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force finished its first inspection of Morocco for the North African nation’s bid to host the World Cup.
The experts ended the examination with questions about the quality of the stadiums and hotel capacity.
Despite this, the president of the Morocco 2026 bid, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, said the Fifa task force was ‘very impressed by the Moroccan bid.’
FIFA officials ‘made some remarks on the conditions of some of the stadiums,’ Elalamy said at a press conference in Casablanca. ‘We are currently negotiating with Fifa to find a solution.’
#FIFAVisit2026 🇲🇦 #PressConference@MyHafidElalamy:— Morocco 2026 (@Morocco2026_EN) 20 April 2018
"The @FIFAcom Task Force was very impressed by the Moroccan bid and was fully informed of all the details related to our #WorldCup vision."#TogetherForOneGoal pic.twitter.com/nnEczE9iCv
According to Elalamy, the Bid Evaluation Task Force visited five cities ‘and noticed some deviations from the initial planned program.’
He added that the working group ‘asked questions about reliability of accommodation projections...and the plans for the transformation of stadiums.’
‘The committee had a series of positive comments, especially after its members noticed the involvement of the government in providing investment, and the passion that characterizes Moroccans as well as the great development that the country is witnessing.’
#FIFAVisit2026 #HostCities— Morocco 2026 (@Morocco2026_EN) 17 April 2018
As the @FIFAcom Task Force begin their #Morocco2026 inspection, we welcome them to the stunning host city of #Marrakech today 🙌
Stay tuned to @Morocco2026_EN, @Morocco2026_FR & @Morocco2026_AR to find out more#Authenticity 🇲🇦 #TogetherForOneGoal pic.twitter.com/VJkLJQAOhK
Experts to pay second visit this week
This week, Fifa will send experts to Morocco to talk about possible solutions for accommodation and stadiums.
Morocco 2026 is the country’s fifth bid for hosting a World Cup, having previously attempted on 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.
For the 2026 competition, the kingdom is up against a joint bid from the United States Canada and Mexico.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature 48 teams instead of 32.
#Ambassador 🇲🇦— Morocco 2026 (@Morocco2026_EN) 23 April 2018
"I support Morocco's bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will undoubtedly be a great celebration for football"
Thanks to Algerian football star Lakhdar Belloumi for his support of #Morocco2026 🙌🏼#TogetherForOneGoal 🇲🇦 pic.twitter.com/SJhQQFkW7Q