‘Home Game’ is a Netflix docuseries that profiles unique and dangerous traditional sports from around the world, as well as the communities and cultures where they thrive. The first episode of the series focuses on Calcio Storico in Florence, Italy which looks like a mix between rugby, football, and MMA.
Calcio storico (“historical football” in English) has four teams, each representing a district of Florence: The Azzurri (Blues) of Santa Croce, the Rossi (Reds) of Santa Maria Novella, the Bianchi (Whites) of Santo Spirito and the Verdi (Greens) of San Giovanni. A player must be born in Florence to play and whichever neighborhood they are born in is the team they belong to.
In 1574 Henry III of France attended a game and is recorded as saying: “Too small to be a real war and too cruel to be a game”.