How to Decorate Football Uniforms

Decorate like a pro.

Football uniforms aren't like a lot of other sports uniforms; in addition to lettering for names, numbers in several different sizes are needed for the front, back, and sleeves/shoulders of football jerseys. Plus, selecting a durable material that can withstand player contact is important.

For High School, College, Travel, and Recreational Leagues

Football Practice Jerseys

  • Jersey Fabric: Porthole mesh
  • Heat Transfer Material: Heat Applied Vinyl
  • Application: 330°F for 6-8 seconds with medium pressure (#4)

Letter & Number Product Recommendation

  • Pre-Cut Numbers - most cost effective, available in 1 or 2-color
  • Pre-Spaced Text - pre-aligned on carrier for easy placement, available in 1 or 2-color


  • Check with appropriate division or league to verify numbering and lettering regulations
  • Use a heat transfer material that will block dye migration if jerseys are dark-colored and polyester
  • Use a layout board to help with alignment if using pre-cuts for names
  • Pro Block or Varsity are the most popular fonts

Common Letter & Number Sizes

How to Decorate Football Jerseys - Front How to Decorate Football Jerseys - Back
Youth Size Adult Size
Name 2" 3"
Front Number 8" 10"
Back Number 10" 10"
Sleeve/Shoulder Number 3" 4"

Numbering Guide for Player Positions

1 - 9
10 - 19
Tight Ends
20 - 49
Running Backs
Defensive Backs
50 - 59
60 - 79
Defensive Linemen
Offensive Linemen
80 - 89
Tight Ends
(or 40-49 if all numbers in this range are taken)
90 - 99
Defensive Linemen

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