Morocco
Nickname(s)Lions of the Atlas
اسود الاطلس
Irzem n Atlasi
AssociationRoyal Moroccan Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Home stadiumSalle Mohammed V
FIFA codeMAR
FIFA ranking16 (September 2021)[1]
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Morocco 6–3 Libya 
(Tripoli, Libya; December 6, 1998)[2]
Biggest win
 Morocco 14–1 South Africa 
(Cairo, Egypt; April 18, 2000)[3]
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 7–0 Morocco 
(Cairo, Egypt; July 31, 2004)
World Cup
Appearances3 (First in 2012)
Best resultTBD, (2021)
Africa Futsal Cup of Nations
Appearances5 (First in 2000)
Best result
Champions, (2016, 2020)
World Cup
Appearances5 (First in 1994)
Best resultQuarter finals, (2019)

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.[4]

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 Qualified
2024 To be determined
Total 2/8 6 0 0 6 11 29 −18

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  Morocco 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 3 Advance to the knockout stage
2  Portugal 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 3
3  Thailand 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 0 Possible advance to the knockout stage based on ranking
4  Solomon Islands 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 0
First match(es) will be played on 13 September 2021. 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 1 0 0 1 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.[5][6] Their remaining matches were awarded as 3–0 wins for their opponents (Regulations Article 81).[7]
Morocco 3–0 Libya
  • Knia Goal 6'
  • El-Ayyane Goal 12'
  • Jouad Goal 31'
Report
Hizam Hall, Laayoune
Morocco 8–1 Equatorial Guinea
  • Jouad Goal 8'
  • El-Mesrar Goal 17'
  • Knia Goal 19'
  • Saoud Goal 20'25'
  • Borite Goal 31'
  • El-Fenni Goal 34'
  • Maimón Goal 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
  • Saoud Goal 7'17'
  • Jouad Goal 8'
  • Maimón Goal 33'
Report
Hizam Hall, Laayoune
Final
Morocco 5–0 Egypt
  • El-Mesrar Goal 3'17'
  • Fati Goal 13'
  • El-Ayyane Goal 23'
  • Knia Goal 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
Total 4/5 20 15 0 5 98 54 +44

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.[8][9]

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 (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

Africa Futsal Cup of Nations

Arab Futsal Cup

Friendly Tournament

North African Futsal Tournament

See also

References

  1. ^ Futsal World Ranking
  2. ^ كووورة: الموقع العربي الرياضي الأول Archived 2021-09-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ كووورة: الموقع العربي الرياضي الأول Archived 2021-09-14 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "African futsal kings: We have the quality for the next stage of the World Cup". futsalfeed.com. March 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Withdrawal of Mauritius from the Futsal Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco 2020". CAF. January 30, 2020.
  6. ^ "Mauritius follow SA's lead and withdraw from controversial Futsal Africa Cup of Nations". Daily Dispatch. January 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Regulations of the Futsal Africa Cup of Nations" (PDF). CAF.
  8. ^ "FIFA Futsal World Cup™ squads confirmed". FIFA. September 2, 2021. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  9. ^ "Squad Lists" (PDF). FIFA. September 2, 2021. Retrieved September 2, 2021.