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Historical Football Game – Florence

June 2021. Historical football game between Florence’s 4 districts

Historical Football Game - Florence
June Tuscany -Florence (FI)  Folklore/Traditions | Sport

June is the month of the Historical Football Game in Florence, the most energetic historic competition in Florence.
The teams of the 4 historical quartiers of Florence challenge one another in an energetic competition to obtain and to win the desired award, the famous type of cow called Chianina!
The finale, like every year, takes place on June 24, the day in which Saint Giovanni Battista, the protector of the city, is celebrated.

As a very old tradition, the historical football game, also known as “football in livrea” or “football in costums”,  was revived in 1930, in the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Florence’s siege, when the first tournament among the city’s quartier was organized: Santa Croce (blue), Santo Spirito (white), Santa Maria Novella (red) and San Giovanni (green). From then Florence’s Football became the most important commemorative event in Florence.

The Historical Football game – Parade

Considered as the precursor of the modern football game, Florence’s Football involve 27 athletes per team. Almost every means is licit to win the competition and to pursue the goal, that is to bring the ball all the way the field and drop it off the net to score a goal called “caccia”.

The players of the two teams wear customs of XVI century to recall the historical game, played in February 17 1530, during the siege of the city by the imperial troups of Carlo V. As a disregard towards the invasors, the young inhabitants of Florence wore livrea customs (traditional medieval customs) and started to play football to be noticed by the enemies.

The element of the players’ uniform of the 16th century is also present in the sumptuous Historical Parade of Florence’s Republic, composed by more than 500 figures, that from Santa Maria Novella Square go through the central streets and reach Santa Croce Square. 

To watch the matches of the Historical Football in Florence it’s necessary to buy a ticket.

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