New NLFA Number Rule

by NLFA PR

Bossier City, Louisiana  - As we all know, under the current football rules all players must wear a number from 1 to 99, and no two players on the same team may wear the same number on the field at the same time. Football is a game of numbers and has constantly changed throughout the years. Seeing these changes taking place at all levels from high school to the pros, the NLFA has decided to follow suit making a few changes of their own. The rules on which position groups can wear certain jersey numbers will be changed moving forward.

Previously, only quarterbacks, punters, and kickers could have single-digit uniform numbers. Now, that group has been expanded to include wide receivers, running backs, and defensive backs. As far as tight ends, the NLFA will expand their numbers in addition to the previous group mentioned. However, the use of the number 0 is still not allowed, and no two players on the same team may wear the same number in the NLFA.

Here's how the new number groupings break down:

Position group      Number options      Previous number options

Quarterbacks         1-19                            1-9

Running backs       1-49                            20-49

Wide receivers       1-49, 80-80               10-19, 80-89

Tight ends              20-49, 80-89             40-49, 80-89

Offensive line         50-79                        60-79

Defensive line        50-79, 90-99            60-79

Linebackers            20-59, 90-99           50-59, 90-99

Defensive backs    1-49                          20-49

Kickers                    1-19                          1-9

Punters                   1-19                          1-9

If a player wants to change his number for the upcoming season, with proper notification to the NLFA, he can change his number without issue. All the player would have to do is purchase a new set of jerseys with the desired number upon receiving confirmation from the league.