Calcio storico fiorentino (Medieval Football)
The aim of the game is to place the ball in the opposite team’s net, extending for the whole short end of the court length. Each team is composed of 27 players, divided in: 4 datori indietro (goalkeepers), 3 datori innanzi (fullbacks), 5 sconciatori (halfbacks) and 15 corridori (attackers). A telling detail is the presence of a tent behind each net, where one captain and one standard bearer are ready to intervene to stop the savage brawls commonly erupting between athletes. A game lasts 50 minutes and the rules are… that there are no rules: players can do absolutely anything to put the ball in the aversaries’ net. You can easily imagine the intensity of these games, which are usually played by extremely muscular and irritable young men.