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.
RIASA is the world’s only international collegiate soccer academy that offers USA-accredited degrees in the UK. RIASA deliver 1st class degrees with professional sports internships.
On our two degrees, (BA International Sports Management & MA International Sports Business), the vast majority of earned module credits are transferable back to the USA, meaning all of your hard work and costs will not be wasted upon your return.
In the UK, the soccer season takes place over a 10-month period as opposed to the 18 weeks you get in the USA, giving you the opportunity to play at a high-level year round.
You will be coached by UEFA Licence professional coaches who have played at the very top of their game. Also, there will be opportunities to play in showcase games against professional academy teams and partake in exit trials to clubs throughout Europe.
RIASA provides opportunities to help the student grow, athletically, intellectually, culturally and socially, utilizing the vast rich cultural heritage of the UK and the European Continent.
Our Undergraduate programme based in Leeds allows student-athletes to experience life in the heart of the UK. Whilst our postgraduate London programme provides the chance to to embrace the multi-cultural nature of the UK’s capital city.