‘Calcio Storico’ – ‘historic football’

A ball? Give them swords!

The Calcio Storico is an ancient and savage form of football from the 16th century, which originated from the game called harpastum. It is played by teams of 27 using both feet and hands on a sand-covered field that is twice as long as it is wide. A goal extends across the entire width of the field and from the moment it starts, these guys make the modern-day tough guys look soft.

While things like sucker punches and kicks to the head are prohibited, headbutting, punching, elbowing, and choking are all allowed. But imagine for one second your opponent was allowed to knock you out cold and it was within the rules of the game.
Every time you turned around you could be met with a kick to the head, or an elbow to the jaw. There is little doubt you have to be tough to play sport, but there are only a few tough enough to ever give The Calcio Storico a go .