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Calcio Fiorentino also known as Calcio Storico (Historic football) is an early variant of football that originated in the 1500’s in Italy. The Official Rules were first published in the year 1580 by a Florentine Count named Giovanni de’ Bardi

Imagine a mash up between Football, Rugby & MMA and you have Calcio Fiorentino. This culturally important sport Florentine takes place once a year in the 3rd week of June and is played at Piazza Santa Croce, Florence.

There are four teams involved, each from one of four historical neighbourhoods within Florence; Santa Croce (blue), Santo Spirito (white), Santa Maria Novella (red), and San Giovanni (green). They play each other in two semi-finals and then a final match for the winner.

The games last 50 minutes and players can use their hands and feet to pass the ball, with the aim being to score as many points as possible by throwing the ball into the opponents net at the other end of the gravel pitch. Scoring gives your team a goal (caccia) but missing the net and throwing above it awards your opponents half a caccia.

There’s also more players than in a Football or Rugby match; Each team has 27 players and no substitutions are allowed for injured or expelled players. The teams are made up of 4 Datori indietro (goalkeepers), 3 Datori innanzi (fullbacks), 5 Sconciatori (halfbacks), 15 Innanzi o Corridori (forwards). (1)

There’s a lot more rules and information to it which you can check out on the official Visit Florence at the bottom of this page, alternatively check out the video below for last year’s highlights of this fascinating & historic Italian Sport! #CalcioFiorentino

Click here for the Official Visit Florence info on Calcio Fiorentino

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