Calcio Storico rules!
Invented by aristocrats, Calcio Storico translates as ‘historic football’ and dates back to at least the 16th century in Florence. Today, four teams represent four quarters of Florence: Santa Croce (blue), Santa Spirito (white), Santa Maria Novella (red) and San Giovanni (green).
The teams consist of 27 players each, including 15 forwards and three goalkeepers. After a fight between the forwards, the ball comes into play, and the players throw it between themselves, trying to get it in the goalmouths that stretch the width of each end.
A goal is worth one point. A missed goal gives the rival team half a point. Two semi-finals are held, then the winners face off in a 50-minute final.