1. Teams of 27 play on the sandy pitch. They can use hands and feet to control the ball and score by throwing it into netting at the end of the field.
2. So it has quite a bit in common with rugby or American football, including these tackles.
7. It’s a game with a long history. This illustration dates back to 1688.
It was reserved for rich aristocrats who played every night between Epiphany and Lent. Even POPES used to get involved. Henry III described it as “Too small to be a real war and too cruel to be a game.”