November 09, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports News
Media - contact Dave Burch at AFA National Office
(877)624-4485 or (941)388-3510
(e-mail) (or)

With the NFL nearing the mid-point of their 2005 season, it’s hard to realize that most of the fall season semi-pro leagues are wrapping up their seasons and busy crowning their league champions. Many of those league champs and their league runner-ups are all heading into post-season tournaments across the country.

Tournament promoters and tourney ‘host’ teams are reminded that the American Football Association has a fund-raising agreement with Wilson Sporting Goods for NFL ‘Blem’ game balls and those blems are currently available from the AFA at special discount prices.

Keep in mind that the NFL logo footballs marked blems have made it all the way through all the rigorous inspection stages. During the final inspection, each ball must meet quality standards in appearance, stitching, length, width, shape, weight, and end seams. It is at that point that the NFL balls are once again scrutinized for uniform consistency and appearance perfection. Even the slightest cosmetic blemish detected during the final Wilson inspection line will find that game ball not quite good enough to make it all the way to ‘the NFL Pro teams’. Those balls that don’t make the NFL ‘final cut’ are indicated with a 'small' code marking on the ball and now are destined for an appearance with one of the many AFA semi-pro football organizations across the country.

Teams interested in ordering official Wilson NFL game ball ‘Blems’ at a special AFA discount rate may do so by contacting the American Football Association at 941-388-3510 or downloading the NFL Blem ball order form on one the AFA’s websites. or

The Wilson NFL Official Game Ball ‘blem’ can be purchased through this AFA fund-raising project for as low as $35 per ball when ordered in six-pacs. An additional $2 per ball must be added to each order for shipping & handling. See order form for additional information. To expedite shipping time - place your NFL ‘blem’ ball order with the AFA using a major credit card. Wilson official NFL (blem) balls are available for immediate shipping.

Can't download the order form from our website? Send an e-mail request to and we'll forward you a PDF file of the colorful order blank.