1.) GNF 1 = Botola 1 (professional league, 16 teams, bottom two relegated)
2.) GNF 2 = Botola 2 (semi-professional league, 16 teams, top two promoted, bottom two relegated, 14th rank probably play-out with best runners-up of Amateur 1)
3.) Amateur 1 (amateur top tier, 16 teams in each of the two groups (North/ South), tabletoppers promoted, bottom two relegated)
4.) Amateur 2 (2nd amateur level, 16 teams in each of the four groups (North/ Centre/ South/ Western Sahara), tabletoppers promoted, bottom two or three relegated)
5.-8.) Amateur 3 to 6 (local amateur leagues organised by regional sports councils as League du North, League du Grand Casablanca, etc. Number of teams vary, see http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligue_r%C3%A9gionale_du_Maroc_de_football for more info.)
There is also a league system of reserves leagues (U23 and regular reserves), women's football (1st and 2nd level organised by FA, 3rd and below handled by the regional associations), and of course under-aged football with most leagues organized on regional level besides U19 Moroccan championship.
GNF 1 (13/13):
Casablanca: Stade Mohammed V [8.5/10]
- Arabic: الخامس محمد مركّب (البيضاء دار)
- Address: Rue Kaid al Achtar, Casablanca, Grand Casablanca, Marokko. Situated in al-Maârif neighbourhood, the ground is near R320 road, which is the coastal road from El Jadida: turn right after passing by the Royal Anfa Golf course. Coming via motorway A5 (direction Rabat or El Jadida), leave the motorway at the conjunction with A7, direction Casablanca/ Sidi Massôud/ N11. Always straight ahead towards city (N11, then N1). Arriving at a large crossing with five streets heading from it, take that one in the middle (N1). The next big crossroad (with roundabout) is 1.4km ahead, turn left there. After some more 600m, there is the stadium on the left. This is Rue Kaid al Achtar, there are also some ticket booths in that street.
- Home sides: Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) [الوداد], Raja Club Athletic (RAC) [الرجاء]
- Capacity: 67,000 (40,000 seated/ 27,000 standing)
- Matches watched: Raja v Chabab Massira (=> Report / => Pictures )
- Remarks on the ground: tickets are sold some 100m away from the main entrance. You can choose between covered grand stand (tribune couvert), not-covered seating (pelouse, which I prefer) and goal end standing (virage); VIP seating (tribune honeur) may not be available. Parking is usually possible for free in side streets around the stadium, but if there is a derby match come at least 3 hours prior match! The stadium is named after late Moroccan King Mohammad V (1909-1961, father of reigning Mohammad VI).
- Remarks on the club: Wydad and Raja are the most successful clubs in Morocco. Playing against each other, stadium is always overgrowded, there is fantastic support (Italian style “Tifo” mixed with Arabic elements) and riots are common. The place name means “White House“, as Casablanca is the Spanish translation of Arabic “Dar al-Bayda”. The names of the home sides should be translated as “Love” (Wydad, named after a famous film featuring Umm Kolthoum, which is said to cause a delay in the foundation ceremony of the club as some important officials arrived late to the ceremony due to watching this film at cinema), and “Hope” (Raja).
Fès: Complex Sportif de Fès [9.0/10]
- Arabic: لفاس الرياضي المركب (لفاس)
- Address: Route de Sefrou, 30000 Fès. The ground is situated at the very edge of the city, on the road towards Sefrou (R503). If you are not coming from Sefrou but via motorway A2 from either Oujda or Meknes, get off at the exit “Sefrou/ Fès Este” and head towards the city via R503 (the stadium can be found on the right after 8km). Coming from the north, passing by train station and Saadienne Grounds to the left, and Janvier 11 sports hall and Mechouar to the right, resp. you have to turn left passing by Hussain II stadium, take the right at the next crossroads (200m) and go straight ahead (passing by Mc Donald’s to the left and Barceló Hotel to the right) at the next roundabout. Left after 400m, straight ahead after 200m. After 400m there is a roundabout with two petrol stations around, take the second street from the left which takes you to a park after 300m. At the southern end of this tiny park, the street branches off into three: take the leftmost (but not the street fourth street branching off in a 90° angle next to the post office!). From then on straight ahead for 4km.
- Home sides: Maghreb Association Sportive de Fès (MAS) [الفاسي الرياضي المغرب], Wydad Athletic de Fès (WAF) [الفاسي لرياضيا الوداد نادي]
- Capacity: 45,000 (45,000 seated/ 0 standing)
- Matches watched: Maghreb Fès 0:2 AS Salé (=> Report / => Pictures ) and Cup Semi-Finals
- Remarks on the ground: typical huge Moroccan stadium, interesting floodlight pylons. Best to get there by car, and park in the sidestreet opposite the stadium in front of one of the new blocks.
- Remarks on the clubs: MAS is the fare more popular one and indicate their nationalist background by the name Maghreb (Morocco), while Wydad is named after Wydad Casablanca and only has a small supporters base.
Rabat: Prince Moulay Abdallah [9.0/10]
- Arabic: الله عبد مولاي لأميرا مركب (الرباط)
- Address: Avenue Hassan II, directly at the conjunction of A3 and N1. If you are coming via Rocade de Rabat, leave it at Temara/ Zoo. You’ll have to do a u-turn, and if you wan’t to do it legally, you have to go as far as the fly-over at Avenue de FAR.
- Home sides: Forces Armees Royales Rabat (FAR) [الجمعية الرياضية للقوات المسلحة الملكية], Fath Union Sportif de Rabat (FUS) [اتحاد الفتح الرياضي الرباطي]
- Capacity: 54,000 (54,000 seated/ 0 standing)
- Matches watched: Fath US 0:2 Raja Casablanca (=> Report / => Pictures )
- Remarks on the ground: Parking is available all around for free, shouldn’t be a problem to get your car parked even if the stadium is totally packed. Surely one of the most impressive stadia in Morocco, partially simply due to its size but also due to its interesting architecture, as e.g. the floodlights above the not-covered stand are fine.
- Remarks on the club: FAR (Royal Armed Forces) has a huge supporters base, while Fath (meaning “Victory”) is a club of the upper class and rarely attracts more than 1,000 fans.
Substitute Stadia GNEF 1 (1/3):
Used by professional side when home game is considered a “minor match”, regularly used by reserves, youth and women’s sides of the aforementioned club. Also used for amateur league matches (at least if match is to be played on neutral soil), or as in the cases of Agadir and Marrakech it is only used for important games.
Rabat: Complex Sportif Prince Moulay Hassan [6.0/10]
- Arabic: حسن مولاي الامير الرياضي المركب (رباط)
- Address: Rue Zagara, Rabat. The ground is situated in Hay Nahda neighbourhood. If you’re coming N1 from Salé, take the left turn to R401 which takes you to the Chellah ruins, and 4.5km south of Chellah turn left opposite Pizza Hut branch in Avenue Ahmed Reda Gdira, passing by “Label Gallery”. However it is more likely that you arrive via motorway: the connection between A3 (south from Casablanca) and A1 (north towards Tanger) is called “Rocade de Rabat”. You have to leave the Rocade at R401/ Avenue Mohammed VI and after 2km turn to the right in front of Pizza Hut/ Label Gallery. br/> - Home sides: Fath US Rabat (youth, sometimes 1st XI)
- Capacity: 5,000 (500 seated/ 4,500 standing)
- Matches watched: Morocco U17 v Algeria U17 (=> Report / => Pictures )
- Remarks on the ground: none.
- Remarks on the club: see Rabat, Stade Prince Moulay Abdellah.
2. Marrakesh Grand Stade
3. Agadir: Grand Stade
GNEF 2 [13/13]:
Beni Mellal: Stade Municipal [9.0/10]
Casablanca: Complexe Sportif Bernoussi [9.5/10]
Casablanca: Stade Pére Jègo [7.5/10]
- Arabic: جيكو الأب ملعب (البيضاء دار)
- Address: Boulevard Omar Al Khiam/ Boulevard Al Abtal. Next to the old Anfa military airstrip, there are tens of tennis-, football-, rugby pitches etc. around. Coming via A5, N11, N1, head towards Anfa/ Maarif. 1km after that spaghetti junction N1/ N11/ Route d’El Jadida, leave Route El Jadida to the left into Avenue de Sports. Turn left into the street between the two sports grounds, at the end of the road the fourth sports area to the right is your destination.
- Home sides: Racing Athletic Club de Casablanca (RAC) [الراسينغ], temporary also Youssoufia Berrechid
- Capacity: 10,000 (7,500 seated/ 2,500 standing)
- Matches watched: Racing v Tihad, Youssoufia Berrechid 1:1 JSKT (=> Report / => Pictures )
- Remarks on the ground: tickets are sold directly at the main entrance, uniform price. Supporters of the visiting side usually take a seat on that side of the partially covered grand stand which is next to the entrance, Racing Ultras can be found on the other edge of the grand stand. There is rarely anybody sitting at the goal end or the opposite stand.
- Remarks on the club: Racing is one of the oldest Moroccan clubs and the stadium is named after one of the first Moroccan professional players. Their “Green Fans” are a group of young Raja-Ultras.
=> Stade 18 Novembre (Khemisset)
Khénifra: Stade Municipal [7.0/10]
Laâyoune: Stade Moulay Rachid [5.0/10]
- Address: N5 to Smara, after crossing the river, turn left and then immediately right, straight ahead, second left, then left twice and follow the main road for 1.5km after the stadium appears on your left.
شباب المسيرة العيون], Mouloudia Laâyoune (ML) u.a.
Meknès: Stade d’Honneur [9.0/10]
Laâyoune: Moulay Rachid
Mohammédia: Stade El Bachir [8.0/10]
see Botola 1: Berkane!
Substitution Grounds GNF 2: 0/1
Stade Municipal de Taroudante (Chabab Houara).
not in use this season; Khemisset: 18 Novembre (formerly big matches only), Laayoune: Cheikh Laghdaf (formerly big matches only), Tanger: Marchane (formerly: youth, reserves, women only).