No 2026 FIFA World Cup in Morocco
The Grand stade de Casablanca is a proposed title of a planned stadium in Casablanca. In 2013, Morocco hosted the first-ever FIFA Club World Cup matches in Africa. The world championship for football clubs was won by FC Bayern München from Germany after defeating Raja, the first Moroccan football club in a world championship final, 2-0. The FRMF, the governing body of football in Morocco, announced that it would submit a bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup on 11 August 2017. It started competing with a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States. The North American bid ultimately won the bidding contest.
The 2026 bid became Morocco’s fifth bid to host the FIFA World Cup. If it should have been successful, the proposed stadium in Casablanca should have hosted the final of the prestigious tournament. The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the first edition of the tournament with 48 teams. The 2022 FIFA World Cup will have 32 participants. The proposed venue has a planned capacity of 93,000. Raja Club Athletic and Wydad Athletic Club, two of the major sports clubs from Morocco, might host home games at the proposed stadium if it will be built.