A-Jugend - A-Jugend
The A-youth (also called A-Juniors or U19s ) is the oldest group of youth athletes, for example in football or handball . Until the 1960s, the term young men was used in some sports for the male A-youth , sometimes it was the official name (e.g. in football).
As a rule, the age of these athletes is 17 to 19 years. In the current season (2020/2021) these are those born in 2002 and 2003.
In many sports, instead of the letter designations, the term U is used for under in connection with the maximum age of the athlete, for example U19 (corresponds to the A youth ). In some sports, this term is only used among young women.
Different names in different sports
A-youth in fencing
The A youth in fencing describes the age group of 14 to 16 year olds.
A youth in football
A-Juniors (U19 / U18): A-Juniors of a season are players who are or have reached the age of 17 or 18 in the calendar year in which the game year begins. Junior teams are also permitted in this age group.  In Switzerland, mixed junior teams of all ages are also permitted. In the former GDR football , the A-youth players were categorized as "juniors" and comprised the age groups 17 and 18, while the B-youths were referred to as "youth" and the 15 and 16 year olds were eligible to play here.
A youth in athletics
In athletics , A youth refers to the 17 to under 19 year olds.
A youth in cycling
A youth in volleyball
In volleyball , A youth refers to those under 20 years of age (U20).