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Questions tagged [qualifying]

Questions about the standards, requirements, history or reasoning behind qualification into or for a sports event or competition, or progression from one stage to the next in competition formats other than knockout/elimination. Questions must also be tagged for the specific sport or competition.

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In UEFA competitions, could a team forfeit a game and still qualify? [closed]

My understanding is that, in UEFA football games, a forfeiting team is awarded a 0-3 score (defeat) against the opposing team. If, in a competition, a team wins the first game 4-0, could the same team ...
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Has anyone ever taken pole position without setting any fastest sector times?

During qualifying for the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix, Max Verstappen very nearly took pole position despite not setting the fastest time in any of the three sectors. (Other drivers had gone faster than ...
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(un)restricted free agency in NHL

I am trying to understand free agency rules in NHL, how the last two lockouts changed them, and how players may decide to behave with respect to them. My understanding is that after the 2004-5 ...
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How are doubles tennis players matched?

I have a few questions regarding doubles players playing together on the mens', womens' and the mixed tournaments. How are the doubles tennis players partnered up? Is this totally based on players' ...
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How does an athlete qualify to participate in Diamond League?

The IAAF Diamond league is held between May and August every year with track and field events held every week. It is clear by the point system how one makes it to the final of Diamond league, but ...
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Why Atlético Madrid has to play in the Europa league and not in the Champions league the next year if they were in the top 3 past year in la liga?

According to this article Atlético Madrid has to play in the Europa league next year. But Atlético Madrid finished last liga championship - La liga 2016-17 in the "top 3 qualification spots for ...
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Football teams qualifed for World Cup with no loss

With only one more match to play, the Iranian National team has already qualified for Russia 2018 World Cup without losing a game in any rounds of the qualifiers. How many teams which played in the ...
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Why does the fastest racer typically start at the front of the grid?

I've followed racing (cars and bikes) for years, and taken it for granted that the fastest qualifier would take pole position and start at the front of the grid. A friend asked me why that is, ...
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Can I take part in the Olympic Games decathlon by default?

I'm 17 and I do the decathlon in high school. My country has a terrible sports history and doesn't have a record for half of the athletics events. Their record for decathlon was set in 1979 and is ...
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Does first or second place matter in Euro 2016 Qualification?

When qualifying for the Euro 2016 competition, the first 2 placed teams of a qualification group automatically qualify. Does the place in the group have any impact to the tournament draw or seeding? ...