Before the season of planting rice in Gilan Province, northern Iran, people hold football matches in muddy farms to prepare for a new agricultural season.

The traditional match is called “Footchal” and is aimed at attracting the youths to work in the farms. Following you can find photos of the match in the village of Kinchah in the Central District of Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh County, Gilan province.

Photos have been retrieved from IRNA:

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