How to Decorate Football Jerseys

Football jerseys aren't like most other sports jerseys. In addition to lettering for names, numbers are needed for the front, back, and sleeves/shoulders, each in a different size. And all must be made of tough, durable material. See our recommendations below for creating great-looking, long-lasting football uniforms.

Common Letter and Number Sizes and Decorating Regulations:

Youth Size Adult Size
Name 2" 3"
Front Number 8" 10"
Back Number 10" 12"
Sleeve/Shoulder Number 3" 4"

Player Positions assume the following numbers:
1-9 Quarterbacks and Kickers
10-19 Quarterbacks, Receivers, Tight Ends, and Kickers
20-49 Running Backs and Defensive Backs
50-59 Centers and Linebackers
60-79 Defensive and Offensive Linemen
80-89 Receivers and Tight Ends (or 40-49 if all in this range are taken)
90-99 Defensive Linemen and Linebackers

Jersey Material:

Polyester Dazzle cloth and Poly-Tuff 150 Denier texturized polyester mesh

Recommended Material for Heat Transfer Letters and Numbers:



330° for 6-8 seconds with medium pressure (#4)

Numbers on the front of the jersey must be at least eight inches high; numbers on back, ten inches.

Football Practice Jerseys

Jersey Material:

Porthole mesh

Recommended Material for Heat Transfer Letters and Numbers:

Pre-cut vinyl


330° for 6-8 seconds with medium pressure (#4)

Accessories Needed:

Reusable Cover Sheet, cardboard layout templates, pre-mask tape

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