The UK Alternative to US College Soccer


Earn a Dual-Accredited US/UK Degree • Play a 9-Month Season  • Reach Your Potential

The UK Alternative to US College Soccer

Play a 9-month season • Earn two college degrees

EARN A US &  A UK DEGREE YOU CAN BE PROUD OF WITH RICHMOND UNIVERSITY

PLAY SOCCER UNDER EX-PROFESSIONAL & UEFA-LICENSED COACHES

TRANSFORM YOURSELF ON A BALANCED ACADEMIC & SOCCER PROGRAMME

You Don't Have to Settle for a
Typical US College Soccer Programme

  • Do you want to reach your potential? 
  • Is a 4-month season enough for you?  
  • Will the US soccer system work for you?
  • Are you ready to experience a new culture?
  • Do you dream of living like a pro soccer player?  
  • Are you looking for a degree you can use anywhere? 

ACADEMIC PARTNERS

OFFICIAL KIT SUPPLIER

ACADEMIC & FACILITY PARTNERS

US ACCREDITATION  ASSOCIATION

You Deserve to Reach Your
Athletic & Academic Potential


Earn 2 college degrees in 1

Earn an International Sports Management degree, dual-accredited in both the United States & the United Kingdom. 

Train & play in a professional environment

Experience a professional-standard UK soccer academy under the guidance of ex-pro and UEFA-licensed coaches.  

Develop yourself culturally

Live in the home of soccer and develop yourself culturally by travelling and playing across Europe.

Our Mission

Mark Ellis

Co-Founder & Director

To provide a life changing experience for student-athletes as they pursue a dual-accredited US/UK degree programme whilst reaching their optimal playing potential.

Your Route to RIASA

Beginning Your Journey is as Simple as Clicking 'View Programmes'

Apply to RIASA by clicking 'View Programmes'

Apply to Richmond, The American International University in London

Pack your bags and head to Leeds, UK to the RIASA HQ


"Getting seen in America is hard."
DYLAN TURNER | RIASA STUDENT-ATHLETE

The Best of Both Worlds

At RIASA, soccer is not an extra-curricular activity,

it's a lifestyle.

A typical weekly workload at RIASA

Discover How to Reach Your Potential as a Student-Athlete

  • Avoid the mistakes that most student-athletes make
  • Learn how to reach your potential
  • Get clear on the type of student-athlete  you need to be

Joseph DeMartino

RIASA  Alumni | Goalkeeping Director at Fredericksburg FC

Along with my studies, I was also playing at a high level of football (soccer). Being able to continue my playing career while studying was very important to me, and being able to do so in a country that lives and breathes the sport was a dream come true. The RIASA programme in Leeds gave me the chance to do both and to meet some lifelong friends as well.

Why is RIASA Different From a
US College Soccer Programme? 

The RIASA Programme offers student-athletes an alternative option to the traditional US College Soccer pathway. With RIASA, you will earn a Bachelor's degree in International Sports Management through Richmond, The American International  University in London  that is accredited in both the United States and the United Kingdom.  In addition, you will play a 9-month soccer season, as opposed to the 3-month season you would play on a US College Soccer Programme.  

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Success Stories On & Off the Field

Set yourself up for success, no matter where your path leads

“To be quite honest, it was everything. RIASA gave me the opportunity to, first and foremost, be over here [the UK] studying whilst trying to fulfil a professional career. Football is not guaranteed, you could be here today and gone tomorrow. So, the importance of education is everything.”

Nahki Wells

Professional Striker

Burnley F.C.

"Just like on the field, this industry moves at lightning speed. From my perspective, working in sports is exactly like playing sports. You have a role, but you are expected to perform a multitude of tasks outside that role. You are a member of a team and the best teams buy in to a common goal."

Matt Reda

Director of Business Development

United Soccer League

Discover How the RIASA Programme Has
Transformed Lives

Frequently Asked Questions

A Selection of the Most Common Questions We Receive

Do RIASA offer scholarships?

Is RIASA a professional soccer academy? 

What degree(s) can I study for on the RIASA programme?  

You Deserve More Than a 
Typical US College Soccer Programme

Now is the time to take control of your future & reach your potential with RIASA

  • Earn a US & a UK Degree
  • Play a 9-Month Soccer Season
  • Reach Your Potential in the UK