Football in Morocco
Football is by far and away the number one sport in Morocco. The national association can reflect on countless highlights in its almost 50-year history. In 1976, the senior national team triumphed in the African Cup of Nations. The Moroccans won the African Youth Championship (U-20) in 1997 and thus qualified for the FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia where they finished in 11th place. The senior team has reached the FIFA World Cup? finals four times (1970, 1986, 1994, 1998), the African Cup of Nations finals 13 times and the Olympic Football Tournament on seven occasions. Moreover, Morocco won gold medals in the football tournaments at the Mediterranean Games in 1983 and the Pan-Arab Games in 1960 and 1970. The nation has also cultivated a wealth of gifted footballers. Faras Ahmed won the African Ballon d'Or in 1976, a feat that was repeated by Bedou Ezaki in 1985 and Mohamed Timoumi in 1986.
Second Goal project
The main aim of the project approved by the Goal Bureau on 4 February 2008 was to lay an artificial turf pitch at the technical centre in Rabat opened in 2006, thus providing youngsters in particular with good training facilities that would remain constant all year round. Furniture for the centre is also to be provided. The Moroccan FA is using funds from FIFA's Financial Assistance Programme (FAP).
Use of FAP funds
Artificial turf pitch at the national technical centre in Rabat
Project approved
4 February 2008
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 100,000 Total cost USD 500,000