The Critical Development Years 18 to 21
RIASA will give students the best opportunity during their critical development years, between 18 and 21, to reach their optimal playing potential.
Providing year round training and playing with professional coaches who have played at the very top of the game, you have the best opportunity to get your game where it needs to be while earning your accredited American undergraduate degree.
Players have every opportunity to develop their abilities as part of their football education through playing professional academy/reserve teams. In addition students will have the opportunity for professional internship opportunities in a variety of fields connected to the football industry. One of the highlights is the ability to undertake the Football Association (FA) coaching license, respected throughout the world as one of the best coaching licenses available. Many former students have obtained the FA license and enhanced their employment opportunities within the football industry upon graduation.
In previous seasons RIASA has played against Walsall FC, Middlesborough FC, Notts County FC, Hull City FC, West Ham and many other top European Clubs through various training and development opportunities.
Some of the teams RIASA plays against include professional youth academies/reserve teams at a number of levels providing a cultural experience as well as a true football development opportunity (2010-2016)
A top quality American undergraduate degree program while living and playing in a true football culture on a year round basis. The purpose and mission of the academy is to help students be integrated into a professional training and learning environment as they reach their optimal playing potential. The RIASA program allows you to fully develop your game on a year round basis while studying for your American Undergraduate degree.
Providing Football Opportunities and a first class American Undergraduate degree program with an emphasis on global education for the 21st century.
Sam Borden on Jurgen Klinsmann, New York Times, June 2014.
“He believes the N.C.A.A. is killing the talent pool in the United States because teenage stars go to college and miss out on formative years of training with professional teams”. …. If Klinsmann had his way, the United States roster would be made up of Americans playing their club soccer in Europe, facing the best competition in the world on a daily basis instead of only a few games every few years”. Sam Borden, New York Times Magazine, June 2014.
The program is open to all students who wish to pursue an American Degree while playing in a top quality soccer academy with professional coaching and playing opportunities against professional youth academy and reserve teams.