We have stumbled upon a brutal game that is a mix of soccer and MMA. Calcio Storico is football on steroids.
This game is from Italy and it is brutal. It is essentially a brawl that involves elements of football and rugby. It is brutal and definitely a game for hardened individuals only. Unlike real football, in Calcio Storico knowing martial arts is a huge plus. Fighting is part of the game and the better you are at it the more you can help your team.
The game originated in Italy during the Renaissance era. It was officially recognized as a sport in Italy around 1930. It is played every year in June with a champion being crowned near the end of the month. If you thought sports like Rugby and American Football were brutal you haven’t seen anything yet.
Football and a Brawl make up Calcio Storico.
The game is played in the sand on a field that is 80×40. The teams are made up of 27 players and unlike other sports, there are no substitutions. Once the game starts not even an injured player can get a substitution. Games last 50 minutes and a goal is called a caccia. The goal is to have the most caccia’s at the end of the match.
There are four goalies on each team. The object of the game is to score on the opposing team, but with 27 players on the field that can get difficult. When the game starts, rather than trying to score goals on each other a majority of the players start fighting and as fighters start to fall the teams start trying to score as it is easier to maneuver around. The goal to be able to start scoring is to incapacitate as many players as possible. This can be done with a knockout or submission. Unlike soccer training to fight is part of what is needed to succeed in this sport.
The violence in this game is on a whole different level.
The fighting is bare-knuckle and you can bet guys are dropping like flies. Punches, kicks, knees, elbows, submissions are all accepted during a match. The players training consists of striking, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, basically, everything to need to train to compete in MMA, except you aren’t being locked in a cage.
This is one game that I don’t think will make it outside fo Italy. Sports like American football and Rugy are often criticized for how violent they are, but neither of them can hold a candle to Calcio Storico. The fact that so much fighting takes place and there is no protective gear involved violence is guaranteed.
What do you think about this? Would you take your MMA, Muay Thai or Jiu-Jitsu skills to compete in this sport? It definitely seems to be kind of hard to go out there an implement a game plan for your fighting ability when it seems like opposing players come from all angles.
Make sure to let us know in the comments section your thoughts.