NCAA Football Rules About Home & Away Jerseys

By Sue-Lynn Carty

The NCAA has many rules regarding player jerseys. For instance, all jersey numbers must be numbers between one and 99 and having a jersey with zero as the first number is illegal. The NCAA also has recommended numbers for certain positions. For example, it suggests quarterback jerseys be numbered one through 49, right and left guards between 60 to 69 and right and left tackles from 70 to 79. The NCAA football rules about home and away jerseys are just as specific as their numbering rules.

Visiting Team Jerseys

NCAA rules state that the visiting team must wear white jerseys. The color of the numbers for the visiting team’s jerseys has to be different from that of the home team. Visiting teams may only wear colored jerseys to away games if both teams agree in writing to wearing colored jerseys for that particular game. The home team’s respective conference must also officially certify that the visiting team’s jersey colors contrast with the home team’s jersey colors.

Home Team Jerseys

Home teams wear colored jerseys in contrasting colors to visiting team’s jerseys. If the color of the home jersey has white in the design, it is limited to numbers, number outlines, insignias, college name, sleeve stripes, collar border and side seam. Sleeve stripes and collar borders cannot exceed one inch wide and the side seam cannot exceed four inches wide. Home teams may wear white jerseys if its conference certifies the colors contrast with the visiting team’s jerseys and both teams agree to it in writing before the game.


If either team violates the NCAA jersey rules, they team is subject to penalty. If at the time of kickoff for the first or second half of the game, a player or players are not in compliance with the NCAA football rules about home and away jerseys, the officials call an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Officials administer this 15-yard penalty as a dead-ball foul. Additionally, all jerseys must be full length and tucked into the player’s pants. This rule violation also leads to a 15-yard penalty for the offending team.

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