Football in Morocco

Football in Morocco
Governing body Royal Moroccan Football Federation
National team national football team
National competitions
International competitions

Football is a very popular sport in Morocco. The governing board for Moroccan football is the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.[1]

National competitions

Nationally, professional football is divided into 2 leagues: the top-tier GNF 1 and the second-tier GNF 2.

Coupe du Trône

The Coupe du Trône is a football cup competition in Morocco open to both professional and amateur squads.

The 2007, 2008, and 2009 winner was FAR Rabat who also won the most cups with a total of 11. The 2010 winner was FUS de Rabat. The 2011 winner was MAS Fès.

International competitions

Morocco men's national football team

The Morocco national football team, nicknamed Lions de l'Atlas (Atlas Lions), is the national team of Morocco and is controlled by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation. They were the first African team to qualify directly to the World Cup finals, as they did in 1970. They were the first African team to win a group at the World Cup, which they did in 1986, finishing ahead of Portugal, Poland, and England. Morocco fell to eventual runner-up West Germany 1-0 in the second round.[2]

Morocco won the African Nations Cup once, in 1976.[3]

Morocco women's national football team

The Morocco women's national football team represents Morocco in international women's football and is controlled by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation. The team played its first international match in 1998, as part of the third African Women's Championship. They have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup.


  1. Alami, Aida (2012-05-09). "Morocco Struggles to Rein in Soccer Hooligans". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  2. "World Cup Soccer Roundup : Morocco Gains the Second Round in a Stunner - Los Angeles Times". 1986-06-12. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  3. "BBC SPORT | Football | African Cup of Nations | Morocco rise again". BBC News. 2004-02-06. Retrieved 2013-12-05.

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