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How custom football jerseys are made

Last updated: 11.03.2022

AmStadion jerseys with printing

Are you thinking of buying a football jersey wtih custom print?

The goal of this article is to provide you with the essential knowledge to make a well informed purchasing decision.

We hope the jerseys with custom print on will give you joy and a sense of well-invested money.

Table of Contents

  1. Printing step by step
  2. Fast order processing time
  3. Highest quality equipment
  4. The method of thermal transfer
  5. Materials from licensed manufacturers only
  6. How to take care of your custom jersey


1. Printing step by step

It all starts with arranging the selected inscription – surname, first name or nickname.

The printing process begins with arranging the letters – individual letters are placed in the desired order on a special transparent label. Sometimes, in the case of top footballers, we use a ready-made set prepared by the font manufacturer.

We use the official guidelines provided each year by clubs and national teams, thanks to which the print is identical to the one on the jerseys worn by players.

Messi FC Barcelona name

The next step is positioning of the name and number on the jersey.

Following earlier stated guidelines we make sure the letters and numbers are right where they need to be.

Precision and accuracy are essential at this stage and we try to make every jersey perfect – as if we were to receive it ourselves. :-)

Positioning of name and number

Next the jersey is in "the hands" of temperature and pressure.

The press clenches, we take a deep breath and after a few seconds later we see the almost finished product.

Work of press machine

Just need to get rid of the protective layer on letters and numbers and the jersey goes straight into our elegant box.

Jersey and goft box

Packed this way, it goes directly to the happy customer.

The video below featuring Bayern Munich 2020/21 home jersey demonstrates the whole process.

Want to see more? Check out our YouTube channel.

2. Fast order processing time

You do not need to wait for the order to be shipped a couple of days or weeks later.

We do not outsource printing to anyone. We prepare all jerseys directly in our store,

Thanks to this, we have a rapid order completion time

Orders placed on business days before 1pm CET are shipped the same day!

3. Highest quality equipment

Press machine

We set the bar high and so is the quality of our products. :-)

We use a semi-automatic transfer press the Transmatic TS 5P.

The exact same press is used in the official shop of Real Madrid, as well as the official shop of FC Barcelona.

The Transmatic is an Italian manufacturer of transfer presses, which has been providing expert solutions for business around the world for over 30 years.

Our press ensures even temperature and pressure distribution that guarantees the print on the jersey is fitted perfectly. Print pressed this way is highly durable, which translates into the life of the jersey itself.

4. The method of thermal transfer

Screen of press machine

The thermal transfer method is a popular technique when making prints not only on clothing, but also on ceramics, glass, wood or paper.

The combination of pressure and high temperature connects the fabric of the jersey with the help of the specially prepared carrier.

In our line of work we use two types of carriers:

  • Flex foils

Flex foil

Flex foil is made of polyurethane, which makes it flat and flexible. When applied to the material, it does not behave stiffly and moves with it.

Thanks to this, the breathable material of the jersey does not lose its properties in places where it is connected with the print.

  • Flock foils

Flock foil

Flock foil is made of cellulose fibers that give it quite characteristic fuzzy texture. It is several times thicker than flex foil with a convex surface.

Flock foil is better suited for mapping more complex shapes.

5. Materials from licensed manufacturers only

Printing material

Not everybody knows that printing materials are not manufactured by sporting brands (for ex. Adidas, Nike, Puma, etc.).

The materials are made by specialized companies that individual clubs sign production and distribution contracts with.

In our store we only use official, licensed fonts.

By ordering a jersey in our store, you can be sure that you will receive the highest quality product.

6. How to take care of your custom jersey

If you are already an owner of a custom jersey, then you probably would like it to last as long as possible.

Bellow you will find tips on how to take care of it:

  1. Do not wash the jersey within the first 3 days after printing.
  2. Turn the jersey inside out before washing.
  3. Use delicate detergents. Avoid washing powder and opt for washing liquid.
  4. Wash using delicate fabric programs / sports clothing / hand washing.
  5. Keep the maximum washing temperature to 40°C (100°F).
  6. >Do not tumble dry or expose the jersey to direct heat.
  7. When drying, do not expose the jersey to the sun.
  8. If the shirt can be ironed – the information can be found on the label – then iron the jersey turned inside out only, at a temperature of up to 150°C (300°F) and place baking paper on top of the jersey.