The NFL is in the midst of a massive process to create lightweight jerseys to replace its old, bulky jerseys.
The league’s new lightweight jerseys have an outer layer of fabric that can absorb a lot of sound, but the inside of the jersey is mostly made of plastic.
The goal is to make the material stronger, but still light enough to keep the ball moving, with a low profile and no padding or zippers to keep players from falling out.
The process will be completed in the next few years, with the first full-size, full-length NFL jerseys expected to hit the market in 2020.
But the NFL isn’t the only NFL-related business seeking to build a lightweight jersey.
The NFLPA and other players’ groups have been working on similar material-building projects for years, and today, the league announced the first-ever jersey-making project for the 2016 season.
A combination of a “reinforced fabric” that absorbs sound, and the lightweight jersey that the league wants to build, will be used for a pair of jersey prototypes to be used in the league’s preseason game in September.
The jersey manufacturers will use a process called “cohesion engineering” to produce the jersey’s structure.
That means that the jersey will be woven from multiple materials that are bonded together by a process known as “coaxing,” where a flexible polymer or polyolefin is woven in a specific pattern that allows the jersey to be designed with specific properties.
In the process, the jersey fabric is bonded with different types of polymers, such as polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, and polyethylene, which allows it to absorb sound and stay flexible.
The jersey is then stretched and shaped by the fabric, which can be tailored to the shape of the player, such that it fits snugly into the jersey, but not so snug that it’s impossible to play the game.
At this point, the only real problem with the lightweight jerseys is that they will probably be too soft.
NFL teams have been using them in practice to prevent injury in the NFLPA’s Player Safety Coalition and at the 2015 NFL Combine, and there have been a few injuries from players wearing them.
The new jersey will have padding that is lightweight enough to allow players to play, but will also have an added layer of padding to protect the player’s head from head trauma.
The lightweight jersey will also be a bit thicker than the old one, but lighter than a standard full-sized jersey.
Players will wear the new lightweight jersey during preseason games, which are usually played on the fields of the NFL’s new stadiums.
The first-year NFL jerseys will cost about $25 each, with new ones expected to start in 2020 and the first two seasons starting in 2022.
(Via Next Big Futures)