The 15 year history of the league saw many different companies manufacturing the
First two corporate sponsors of the World League are announced, Wilson Sporting
Goods Co. and Riddell, Inc. enter into three year sponsorship agreements. Wilson will supply the official World League
football and Riddell will make the league's helmets, shoulder pads and other equipment.
In 1990, Wilson became the official uniform supplier. For the 1991-1992 seasons, Wilson made
the jerseys and the pants. Sometimes the Wilson "W" were white and on other jerseys it was black. Jerseys
had heat transferred lettering and numbering. There were no patches on the uniforms except for these two instances:
1991 & 1992 World Bowl Patches on the right shoulder (London Monarchs, Barcelona Dragons, Sacramento
Surge & Orlando Thunder)
1992 Ohio Glory with Columbus '92 patches on the left shoulder (celebrating
There were also some jerseys supplied to the Barcelona Dragons that were made
by Fab-Knit. It is unknown why this happened and only a small amount were used. I have never seen one! Have you?
Reebok International Ltd. is named official league sponsor.
Reebok will design and be the exclusive supplier of uniforms for the league. The company will also produce sideline
apparel, headwear, gloves, and other accessories. Reebok is also the league's exclusive supplier of football shoes
and preseason footwear to players, coaching staff, sideline personnel, game officials, and cheerleaders.
In 1994, the league was planning a comeback. Reebok became the official supplier of uniforms
for the league. FabKnit was actually the company who manufactured the uniforms with Reebok adding their logo. (Check
out the 1994 prototype Claymores jersey by FabKnit) These were the new and improved WLAF jerseys with the modern designs.
Numbering was now stitched on. The team design was printed into the fabric and the only patch was besides the Reebok one was
the WLAF logo patch on the left shoulder. Reebok stayed the uniform supplier until 1996.
1997 was the last year of the WLAF. FabKnit was the official supplier. These jerseys
are hard to find and the pants are even more harder. The only manufacturers patches were the FabKnit one that was really
small on the left shoulder and the team logo patches. Numbering was stitched and the nameplates were heat transferred.
In 1998, the league changed from the WLAF to NFL Europe. Uniforms were supplied by Champion
and were back to the plain "football jersey look". We also started to see advertising patches on the jersey
like Lenders Bagels on the England Monarchs left shoulder. The numbering was now stitched on as well as the team logo
patches on the arms. Nameplates were still heat transferred.
1999 saw another uniform supplier come into the mix, Puma with the manufacturer being FabKnit.
These uniforms were just as plain as the year before. Numbering continued to be stitched on with heat transferred nameplates.
Some teams had more than one advertising patch on them like the Admirals who had Ericsson and Suzuki. Puma supplied uniforms
into the 2001 season.
From 2002 to the end in 2007, Reebok was the uniform supplier again. Uniforms varied year
by year with the same number stitching. Patches were NFLE and NFL Europe logos on the neck with team
logos on the arms. If a player was allocated from an NFL team, that NFL team logo replaces the NFLE one on the neck.
Advertising continued on the shoulders.