Florida Youth Soccer Association coaches recently selected Robert Holderman IV, a Holley-Navarre Middle School seventh-grader, to play on its Olympic Development Program team for players born in the year 2000.
Holderman is the son of Cinnamon Holderman and Robert Holderman III, Navarre Realtors. He plays for the Navarre Cobras, an under-13 team affiliated with Navarre United Futbol Club.
“Bobby is a great player. He has made us all extremely proud with his achievements in the ODP program,” Cobras coach Marcelo Mueller said. “He currently plays sweeper for the Cobras and if I need some force up top, he will play forward for me. His strengths are his size, speed and ball skills. He can execute tricks most adults can't. It's been a great opportunity to watch him develop over the past couple of years.”
According to the mission statement at its website (www.fysa.com) the FYSA’s main goal is to identify players for U.S. Soccer’s male and female youth teams.
“The primary benefit to the player is to be able to try out, train and play against the best players in their age group,” according to the mission statement. “This allows the best players to be with the best in order to further their development as soccer players.”
The FYSA staff is comprised by professional, college, high school and club coaches, all of whom are nationally licensed by U.S. Soccer.
Holderman was one of eight south Santa Rosa County players selected last fall to participate in the Olympic Development Program. Brenda Bishop and Hanna Spicer of Navarre and Antonia Fuentealba, Grace Garbell, Rainey Niles, Kasey Richards and Sophia Sanchez-Aviles of Gulf Breeze are the others identified as possible future state and national team players. Niles was the only other area player selected to the development team for the age group.
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