Calcio balilla is a game that was invented by the Galician (Spanish) Alejandro Finisterre and which simulates a soccer game on a table in which the players move the small footballers (called men or little men) on rods inserted through the side panels of a special table trying to hit a ball and push it into the opposing goal.
This game has Brazilian indigenous origins. Even before the arrival of the Portuguese in Brazil this game was used during celebrations and festivities and the Indios believed it was the game of the gods. The objective of the game is to hit the peteca with your hands over a net that divides the court. The peteca is made of rubber with feathers to help it fly.
The objective of the game is to send the ball over the sparring net making it bounce on the surface which is perpendicular to the ground, trying to get it into the opponent’s side. Each player must have the same kind of racket, a beach tennis racket, a tennis racket or some other type with which they will hit the ball.