What is the correct way to say that a team got to the next round? For example,

"Team A won the quarter finals and got (the correct verb here) to semi-final"

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    There are probably good words to fill in the slot "The team (was) ____-ed to the next round." But your suggestion works great too: "The team got to the next round".
    – Mitch
    Jun 19, 2015 at 12:18
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    "The team advanced/qualified/moved/progressed/dashed to the next round Jun 19, 2015 at 15:39
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    "advance" is the verb i hear used most often. "clinch" is another one: "the team has clinched a spot in the semi-finals."
    – abcd
    Jun 20, 2015 at 21:15
  • advanced .... "advanced to the semi-finals" (note "s" on finals because there are 2 semi-final rounds)
    – carrabino
    Apr 9, 2018 at 15:35

5 Answers 5


It qualified for the semi-finals.

1.1 Become eligible for a competition or its final rounds, by reaching a certain standard or defeating a competitor: (Oxford)

England are in danger of failing to qualify

  • (+1) As confirmation, qualification games can be mentioned. E.g. "The Asian section of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification acts as qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Russia, for national teams which are members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)". (Wikipedia)
    – Eilia
    Jun 19, 2015 at 12:04
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    In U.S. sports journalism, the usual formulation is "qualified" for the playoffs, but "advanced" to the next round/quarterfinals/semifinals/championship game (unless—as is often the case—each round has its own special formal or informal name such as "Division Series," "Conference Title," or "Sweet Sixteen," in which case the team winning at the previous level has "advanced" to that). The difference may reflect the fact that few U.S. sports have a qualifying round (as opposed to a regular season) in which multiple teams from a group advance to the knockout round (as happens in World Cup play).
    – Sven Yargs
    Jun 19, 2015 at 15:50
  • @SvenYargs: Well put.
    – Tushar Raj
    Jun 19, 2015 at 15:52
  • It might be worth considering here that you can qualify for something but never actually achieve it, e.g. a team might win the first round in a tournament and qualify to enter the next round, but choose to forfeit their position before ever entering the next round. In that sense, they never actually got to the next round.
    – talrnu
    Jun 19, 2015 at 18:38
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    +1. I'm upvoting this partly because it's a perfectly reasonable answer, but also because, as the 11th upvote for the accepted answer, it should qualify (or is that advance?) Tim Romano for a gold Populist badge. Everybody wins!
    – Sven Yargs
    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:37

Or the team advanced to the next round.

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    This seems to be the phrase with the most common usages - however 'Progressed' also works and is common in the UK.
    – SeanR
    Jun 19, 2015 at 14:01

In UK English, you'd often find the word "Progressed" used to describe moving onto the next stage of a contest

For example;

Southampton progressed to the FA Cup fourth round after a narrow 1-0 win at Ipswich in their third-round replay at Portman Road.



And another is....

move into - to come or go into;

≡come in, enter, get in, go in, go into, get into

  • Andy Murray moves into second round at Queen's'. (3 days ago :)
  • Roger Federer moves smoothly into fourth round ...
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    Potentially useful observation: I've seen move on to in this context more often in AmE than move into. Though I suppose "move on" is closer to the advance/progress answer.
    – talrnu
    Jun 19, 2015 at 18:47

I'm personally more inclined to use Tim Romano's suggestion of advance, but another term worth considering is survive, e.g. "The team survived the first round," or "The team survived to the final." This term emphasizes the struggle of the competition and might be considered more dramatic.

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