Minister & Businessman to Gear Morocco’s 2026 World Cup Campaign

Morocco chose a successful businessman and current industry minister to lead its charm offensive to host the 2026 World Soccer Cup, in a fifth attempt by the kingdom to organize the global sports event.

Moulay Hafid Elalamy will act as the governmental interlocutor for FIFA and will be tasked with coordinating the campaign to host the World tournament as well as providing necessary support to the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF).

As it seeks to host the world tournament, Morocco enjoys the support of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Morocco holds the record as the country most often turned down by FIFA. The North African nation launched bids for 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first edition to involve 48 teams in an attempt to give countries outside Europe and Latin America a chance to take part in the tournament, which usually takes place in 12 stadiums over a period of 32 days.

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