"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore, I run in such a way, not as without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified." (I Corinthians 9:24-27).
St. Paul! He understands what it takes to be a champion. He understands running. Looks like we have a whole team of saints for this training endeavor.
St. Sebastian, John Paul the Great, and St. Paul, please pray for my daughter that she may compete with honor and play soccer for the Glory of God.