Morocco
Flag of Morocco.svg
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Lions of the Atlas
اسود الاطلس
Irzem n Atlasi
AssociationRoyal Moroccan Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Head coachMorocco Hicham Dguig
Home stadiumSalle Mohammed V
FIFA codeMAR
FIFA ranking9° (29 June 2022)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Belarus 4–1 Morocco 
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; February 11, 1995 [1]
Biggest win
 Morocco 16–0 Somalia 
(Dammam, Saudi Arabia; June 21, 2022)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 7–0 Morocco 
(Cairo, Egypt; July 31, 2004)[2]
World Cup
Appearances3 (First in 2012)
Best resultQuarter finals (2021)
Africa Futsal Cup of Nations
Appearances5 (First in 2000)
Best resultGold Champions (2016, 2020)
Arab Futsal Cup
Appearances5 (First in 1998)
Best resultChampions (2021, 2022)

The Morocco national futsal team, nicknamed Ousoud Al Atlas (Lions of the Atlas) represents Morocco in international futsal competitions. It is affiliated to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and is one of the strongest teams in Africa. The team has notably won the Africa Futsal Cup of Nations title in the last two editions (2016 and 2020) and qualified for the World Cup three times, first appearing in 2012.[3]

History

Morocco was the runner-up for the 1998 Arab Futsal Championship and the 2000 African Futsal Championship[4] and ended in the 3rd place in the 2008 African Futsal Championship.[5]

On 24 April 2016, Morocco won its first ever african title after defeating Egypt 3-2 in the final.[6] 4 years later, they won their second title after defeating Egypt 5-0 in the final.[7][8]

They won their first arab cup in 2021 after defeating Egypt 4-0 in the final.[9] On 28 June 2022, they won their second arab cup after defeating Iraq 3-0.[10]

Competitive record

FIFA Futsal World Cup

FIFA Futsal World Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA DIF
Netherlands 1989 Did not enter
British Hong Kong 1992
Spain 1996
Guatemala 2000 Did not qualify
Chinese Taipei 2004
Brazil 2008
2012 Group stage 3 0 0 3 5 15 −10
Colombia 2016 Group stage 3 0 0 3 6 14 −8
Lithuania 2021 Quarter finals 5 2 2 1 13 7 +6
2024 To be determined
Total 3/9 11 2 2 7 24 36 −12

2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup

Main article: 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Portugal 3 2 1 0 14 4 +10 7 Advance to the knockout stage
2  Morocco 3 1 2 0 10 4 +6 5
3  Thailand 3 1 1 1 11 9 +2 4
4  Solomon Islands 3 0 0 3 4 22 −18 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Morocco 6–0 Solomon Islands
Report (FIFA)

Thailand 1–1 Morocco
Report (FIFA)

Portugal 3–3 Morocco
Report (FIFA)

Futsal Confederations Cup

Futsal Confederations Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA DIF
Libya 2009 Did not enter
Brazil 2013
Kuwait 2014
Total 0/3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Africa Futsal Cup of Nations

Africa Futsal Cup of Nations record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA DIF
Egypt 1996 Did not enter
Egypt 2000 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 24 12 +12
2004 Semi-Finals 2 0 0 2 3 11 −8
Libya 2008 Third place 6 4 0 2 20 11 +9
Burkina Faso 2011 Cancelled
South Africa 2016 Champions 5 4 0 1 17 10 +7
Morocco 2020 Champions 5 5 0 0 23 1 +22
Total 5/6 20 14 1 5 87 45 +42

2020 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations

Main article: 2020 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Morocco (H) 3 3 0 0 14 1 +13 9 Knockout stage
2  Libya 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 6
3  Equatorial Guinea 3 1 0 2 6 12 −6 3
4  Mauritius 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8 0 Withdrew after one match[a]
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ On 30 January 2020, Mauritius announced that they had withdrawn from the tournament due to the Western Sahara conflict.[11][12] Their remaining matches were awarded as 3–0 wins for their opponents (Regulations Article 81).[13]
Morocco 3–0 Libya
  • Saad Knia 6'
  • Anas El-Ayyane 12'
  • Yousif Jouad 31'
Report
Hizam Hall, Laayoune
Morocco 8–1 Equatorial Guinea
  • Yousif Jouad 8'
  • Soufiane El Mesrar 17'
  • Saad Knia 19'
  • Achraf Saoud 20', 25'
  • Soufiane Borite 31'
  • Idris El-Fenni 34'
  • Hamza Maimón 38'
Report
Hizam Hall, Laayoune
Mauritius Cancelled
Awarded 0–3
 Morocco
Hizam Hall, Laayoune
Semi-finals

Winners qualify for 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

Morocco 4–0 Angola
  • Achraf Saoud 7', 17'
  • Yousif Jouad 8'
  • Hamza Maimón 33'
Report
Hizam Hall, Laayoune
Final
Morocco 5–0 Egypt
  • Soufiane El Mesrar 3', 17'
  • Abdelatif Fati 13'
  • Anas El-Ayyane 23'
  • Saad Knia 27'
Report
Hizam Hall, Laayoune

Arab Futsal Championship

Arab Futsal Championship record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA DIF
Egypt 1998 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 30 19 +11
Egypt 2005 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 30 15 +15
Libya 2007 Fourth Place 5 2 0 3 12 18 −6
Egypt 2008 Did not participate
Egypt 2021 Champions 5 5 0 0 26 2 +24
Saudi Arabia 2022 Champions 6 6 0 0 46 6 +40
Total 5/6 26 21 0 5 144 60 +84

North African Futsal Tournament

North African Futsal Tournament record
Year Round Pld W D L GS GA DIF
Libya 2005 Runners-up 4 2 0 2 23 8 +15
Tunisia 2009 Did not participate
Libya 2010 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 21 5 +16
Total 2/3 8 5 0 3 44 13 +31

Team

Current squad

The final Squad for the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup was announced on 2 September 2021.[14][15]

Head coach
Morocco Hicham Dguig
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Abdelkrim Anbia (1989-04-08)8 April 1989 (aged 32) Morocco ASF Agadir
2 2DF Achraf Saoud (1990-06-21)21 June 1990 (aged 31) Morocco SCC Mohammédia
3 4FW Anás El-Ayyane (1992-10-30)30 October 1992 (aged 28) Italy Cybertel Aniene
4 2DF Youssef Jouad (1999-12-30)30 December 1999 (aged 21) Morocco SCC Mohammédia
5 3MF Youssef El Mazray (C) (1987-07-01)1 July 1987 (aged 34) Morocco SCC Mohammédia
6 2DF Soufiane Borite (1992-12-11)11 December 1992 (aged 28) Morocco SCC Mohammédia
7 3MF Ismail Amazal (1996-10-10)10 October 1996 (aged 24) Morocco ASF Agadir
8 3MF Saad Knia (1987-09-06)6 September 1987 (aged 34) Morocco SCC Mohammédia
9 4FW Otmane Boumezou (1992-07-08)8 July 1992 (aged 29) Morocco SCC Mohammédia
10 4FW Soufiane El Mesrar (1990-06-05)5 June 1990 (aged 31) France ACCES
11 3MF Bilal Bakkali (1993-02-24)24 February 1993 (aged 28) France ACCES
12 1GK Reda Khiyari (1991-05-21)21 May 1991 (aged 30) Morocco Dynamo Kénitra
13 3MF Hamza Bouyouzan (1991-07-11)11 July 1991 (aged 30) Spain Palma
14 3MF Idriss Raiss El-Fenni (1996-05-09)9 May 1996 (aged 25) Morocco SCC Mohammédia
15 3MF Khalid Bouzid (1998-04-20)20 April 1998 (aged 23) Spain FS García
16 1GK Mohammed Cheridou (1999-09-20)20 September 1999 (aged 21) Morocco ASS Khabazat Oussoud Kénitra

Previous squads

Honours

Official competitions

Coppa Africa.svg
Africa Futsal Cup of Nations

Arab Futsal Cup

Friendly Tournament

North African Futsal Tournament

CFA International Futsal Tournament

Futsal Week Winter Cup

See also

References

  1. ^ "Group C: Morocco (Fifa Futsal World Cup)".
  2. ^ "Group C: Morocco (Fifa Futsal World Cup)".
  3. ^ "African futsal kings: We have the quality for the next stage of the World Cup". futsalfeed.com. March 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "African Futsal Championship Overview". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  5. ^ "African Futsal Championship Overview". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  6. ^ Football, CAF-Confedération Africaine du. "Octet hunt for Futsal crown in Morocco | Total Futsal Africa Cup of Nations". CAFOnline.com. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  7. ^ "2020 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations Highlights: Morocco 5-0 Egypt (FT)". beIN SPORTS USA. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  8. ^ "Futsal 2020: Morocco Wins African Cup of Nations – The North Africa Post". Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  9. ^ Soliman, Seif (May 29, 2021). "Morocco win first Arab Futsal Cup after thrashing Egypt". KingFut. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  10. ^ "Arab Futsal Cup: Morocco's Atlas Lions retain their regional title – The North Africa Post". Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  11. ^ "Withdrawal of Mauritius from the Futsal Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco 2020". CAF. January 30, 2020.
  12. ^ "Mauritius follow SA's lead and withdraw from controversial Futsal Africa Cup of Nations". Daily Dispatch. January 30, 2020.
  13. ^ "Regulations of the Futsal Africa Cup of Nations" (PDF). CAF.
  14. ^ "FIFA Futsal World Cup™ squads confirmed". FIFA. September 2, 2021. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  15. ^ "Squad Lists" (PDF). FIFA. September 2, 2021. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  16. ^ "CFA International Futsal Tournament 2019 :: Final Phase:: playmakerstats.com". www.playmakerstats.com. Retrieved June 25, 2022.
  17. ^ Idrissi, Khaoula (March 7, 2020). "Futsal: Morocco Wins an International Tournament in Croatia". Maroc Local et Nouvelles du Monde | Nouvelles juives du Maroc, dernières nouvelles | מרוקו ג׳וייש טיימס, חדשות מרוקו והעולם | Morocco News | أخبار المغرب. Retrieved June 25, 2022.