Shortlist, Historic Football 2019 by Federico Tardito
"Calcio fiorentino is a combination of rugby, football and wrestling, which originated in 16th-century Italy. Two teams of 27 players battle it out on a pitch covered in sand for a gruelling 50 minutes. It’s a brutal game and there are plenty of injuries - despite this, no substitutions are allowed. Players can use their hands and feet to trip up or tackle their opponents, and fighting techniques (such as martial arts) are permitted. These images were taken during the semi-finals and finals in 2019. The red team won the tournament by beating the white team in the final."