Your football uniform will say a lot about your team. Before designing your team's football jersey, make sure you're familiar with the rules. Also check with your local organization, as rules may vary. The following information is intended to serve as a general guide for decorating high school football uniforms, and meets or exceeds NFHS standards.
The High School Football Uniform
Players must wear properly-fitting and professionally manufactured uniforms and equipment. A standard high school football uniform consists of a jersey, pants and socks.
Equipment generally includes knee pads, helmet with face mask and chin strap, pads (including shoulder and hip pads with tailbone protector and thigh guards), a visible mouthpiece that covers all upper teeth, and shoes with cleats.
The Jersey, Numbers, Colors
Jerseys must display clearly visible numbers 1 through 99 on the front and back. The jersey must be long enough to reach the top of the pants or be tucked in, and contain sleeves that completely cover shoulder pads.
The number must be horizontally centered and at least eight inches high on the front, ten inches high on the back, and one-and-a-half inches wide. Color and appearance of the number must be the same on both sides of the jersey. The number's color must contrast with the jersey color, or have a contrasting border at least a quarter-inch wide.
Home team uniform colors must contrast with that of the visitors'. The home team must wear dark-colored jerseys, visitors light-colored. Visitors are responsible for changing jerseys in the event both teams wear dark; with the referee's permission the home team may change jerseys.
The Visiting Team Jersey
Starting in 2012 the following rules will apply to visiting players' jerseys:
The Home Team Jersey
Beginning 2012, the body of the home jersey may not include white except for the jersey number, the team or player name on the shoulders or body, decorative stripes on the sleeves or shoulders, or stripes on collar or side seams.
Mandatory protective equipment must be covered by the jersey and include shoulder pads and "hard surface auxiliary attachments". Unsafe, confusing, or "inappropriate" equipment is not allowed. Illegal gear includes:
Flags and Patches
Flags not exceeding two inches by three inches can be worn. Commemorative patches may be worn with state approval provided they do not exceed four square inches, or interfere with the visibility of the number.
The College Football Uniform
The following information is based on the Official NCAA 2009-10 Football Rules and Interpretations, Rule 1, The Game, Field, Players and Equipment, and is intended to serve as a general guide for decorating the college football uniform.
The standard college football uniform consists of: jersey, pants and socks. Equipment must be professionally manufactured and include: knee pads, helmet with face mask and chin strap, pads (including shoulder and hip pads with tailbone protector and thigh guards), a visible mouthpiece that covers all upper teeth, and shoes with cleats.
The Jersey, Numbers, Colors
The jersey must be full-length, able to be tucked in, and contain sleeves that fully cover shoulder pads.
Players are numbered 1-99. Numbers may not be preceded by a 0.
Rules recommend that player positions assume the following numbers:
Jersey colors worn by opposing teams must contrast. Team players must wear identical jerseys. Visitors wear white, however home may wear white if both teams agree. On condition, both teams may wear colored jerseys. See rules for conditions and violations.
A white jersey must contain a colored number, the name of the player and the school, school logo, and may contain approved insignias and the American flag. See rules for details.
Stripes may be placed on sleeves. One-inch borders around the collar and cuffs and a four-inch stripe along the side seam are acceptable.
Colored jerseys may contain white if the white part is a number, number border, player and school name, a stripe on the sleeve, or a collar or cuff.
Backs of gloves or hand pads must be gray; preferably the palms also. See rules for penalties.
A memorial insignia of a team player worn on the uniform or helmet may not exceed one-and-a-half inches in diameter.
Socks must be visible, and be the same length and color for all team members.
Illegal Equipment includes: