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A procession of extras dressed in period
costume, with a following of football fans from the four historic city
quarters, makes its way through the city centre before the start of the
Right on time as usual the Historic Florentine Football
A mixture of rugby, football and wrestling that fascinates both Florentines
The procession proceeds in an orderly way onto the field, entering between
the rows of tourists and Florentines to the sound of trumpets and drums,
and lines up in front of the Signoria, who is today represented by some
important guest in the city, saluting him; the competing teams are then
presented to the public.
The game starts after the procession has left the field. The teams,
formed of 27 players on either side, face each other for 50 long and very
intense minutes when almost anything is allowed, so that plain blows quite
often degenerate into violent fights and brawls. Quite often the Judge
and Referee, with the help of his six linesmen, finds it extremely difficult
to keep the game under control, while the Master of the Field only intervenes
when there are real fights.
View of the field in Piazza S.Croce
The players have to pass the barrier of the opposing team and try
to get the ball into the adversary's net which takes up the entire width
of the field. The ball must be carefully aimed because, if a mistake or
deviation is made, the opposing team wins the point. Each point corrisponds
to half a "caccia" and the teams change ends after every two half "cacce".
When a "caccia" is scored, the joy of the football fans can be seen and
heard all around the field, thanks to exploding fire-crackers and smoke
bombs of the same colour as the favoured team.
A scene during a match between the
Red and White teams
Naturally the winning team is the one that scores the highest number
of "cacce" and the prize consists in steaks equivalent to the value of
a white calf, which was once slaughtered then and there, but is only symbolic
today. The prize is served up accompanied by good red Chianti wine. See
also: The Historic Florentine Football Game:Its
The Blue teams scoring a "caccia"
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