There are 23 steps in the production process to develop the perfect Sherrin. The leather balls used for all AFL matches are still handcrafted.
Over the years, the production of leather balls has only had subtle changes. These include machine stitching some of the panels, instead of hand-stitching and the leather laces have changed to nylon laces. These nylon laces are still hand-laced.
It takes 22 minutes to produce a Sherrin from start to finish.
Approx 500 balls are made per day.
There are 27 Sherrin staff members in the factory making the footballs every day.
The Sherrin production team today collectively have over 200 years experience and one staff member has been making balls for 36 years.