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In international soccer, a match used, either by itself or as part of a series, to qualify a team for a higher-level event. Most commonly used in relation to the World Cup, for which several sets of qualifiers are used to cut the field to 32 teams for the finals.

Qual"i*fi`er (?)

, One who, or that which, qualifies; that which modifies, reduces, tempers or restrains.


© Webster 1913.

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