If there are a lot of competitors who are well-matched in a contest, what phrase can we use to express this idea?
It means that in a contest, all the competitors are with a special skill. If you want to be eminent above all others, you have to be really something of expert on the field. So that you can have the best chance to win the contest.
Yes, I want something better than 'well-matched competitors' because I want to know a more natural / idiomatic expression.
Thanks a lot !
To refer to a particular group of well-matched competitors, people (esp. sports commentators) often say 'the elite athletes'. But I agree with Raymott that no idiom springs to mind for the general concept.
This is not exactly what you're asking for but if no one competitor has advantage, it can be called "a level playing field". This refers to the situation though, not to the competitors themselves.