About RIASA

RIASA | The World’s Most Prestigious Collegiate Soccer Academy

Founded in 2010 by Mark Ellis, Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy (RIASA) is the original and most prestigious collegiate soccer academy in the world. We provide our student-athletes with the unique opportunity to earn an American-accredited degree whilst developing as a football player in the home of the sport, the United Kingdom.

We believe that all talented athletes should have the best possible chance at playing at a high-level all year-round without sacrificing their education. This is why we offer a high-level 10-month soccer season alongside a premium, American-accredited University education unlike any other.

Since day one, RIASA has been lovingly built into the institution it is today by a core team of passionate and dedicated staff from having a single team to an ever-growing roster of almost 100 student-athletes with locations in Leeds and London.

When you join RIASA, you do not just sign up for a regular academy. You become part of the family.

Ready to join the family? Come and #MakeYourMark.