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Legacies of Mohammed VI, pillar of Morocco football



The achievements of Moroccan soccer, which are a testimony to the unprecedented revival of national teams in all categories, have been achieved thanks to the far-sighted strategy established by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him.

This has been possible thanks to a high level of infrastructure, planning and interest in academies and training centres.

The bulk of the Morocco U-17 team are from Mohammed VI Academy of Football Academy

Most of the Atlas Cubs, who were runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations U17, were products of the Mohammed VI Academy of Football which supplied nine of the players.

Five other players were from AS FAR. Fath Union Sports of Rabat have four players while Maghreb de Fès supplied four players and each of Hassania of Agadir, Ittihad of Tangier and Raja had a player .

The achievements of the Mohammed VI Football Academy looms large in the development of Moroccan soccer.


The Mohammed VI Football Academy, founded in 2009 in Salé, on the instigation of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, in his letter to the National Sports Conference held in Skhirat on October 24, 2008. In this Royal letter, His Majesty the King called for the development of a modern and efficient system to organize the sports sector based on the _”restructuring of the national sports landscape and the upgrading of sports

The imposing building where the players are camped

organizations with a view to their professionalization, as well as the democratization of the bodies responsible for their management.”

This letter marked a turning point in the field of sports, after which several reform and restructuring projects were launched, including the Mohammed VI Football Academy.

The Mohammed VI Football Academy, the jewel that produces Moroccan stars, was built according to criteria that correspond to the best international standards in terms of training centers in order to put in place the conditions for the training of Moroccan talents, enabling them to play in the biggest soccer clubs, whether in Morocco or in Europe.

The indoor football pitch where the players train in the event of inclement weather

The achievement of the national A team, which was able to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, gives confidence and assurance to all national teams in different age groups, including women’s teams.


The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (RMFF) continues its serious work in implementing the role of training centers in all clubs by providing them with adequate funding to invest in training and by arming them with logistical, material and moral means to better plan the management of national teams.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.