UK Soccer. US Education.
UK Soccer. US Education.
Live, Play & Study in the UK with RIASA
Live, Play & Study in the United Kingdom.
Play a 9-month
UK Soccer Season
Earn a US & UK Degree
Live, Play & Study
in Leeds, UK
Why Choose RIASA?
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. Our UEFA 'A'-licensed coaches have played 2500+ pro games.
Develop yourself culturally
Live in the home of soccer and develop yourself culturally by travelling and playing across Europe.
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.
How is RIASA Different?
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.
The unfortunate truth is that most US college soccer programmes merely consider soccer an extracurricular activity and only offer a four month-long season. Meaning that student-athletes with dreams of reaching their potential don't have the time to fully commit to their goals.
However, millions of young people decide to attend a college in the US with the misguided dream of achieving their academic and athletic potential only to find that the two aspects of the programme are not given equal attention.
We think that's wrong. Student-athletes shouldn't have to sacrifice anything in pursuit of their dreams.
It was from this core belief that ex-professional player, Mark Ellis, had the inspiration to form RIASA. Resulting in an integrated academic and soccer programme that allows student-athletes to pursue their potential in the UK confidently, safe in the knowledge that they have both a US and a UK degree, coaching qualifications and rich life experiences upon graduation.
With that in mind, here is our agreement with our student-athletes:
- To guide you on your journey and help you reach your academic and athletic potential.
- To always provide you with options athletically and academically.
- To do everything we can to make sure you graduate with a respected US/UK-accredited degree, coaching qualifications, refereeing badges and unrivalled life experiences.
- To ensure that no matter what, you come out of the RIASA programme as a better student, athlete and person.
You ought to be able to reach your potential without sacrificing your education or your playing time. This is why we are fundamentally different, our student-athletes leave the RIASA programme as well-rounded, accomplished and respected individuals. No matter where their path leads.
Play UK Soccer & Earn Your UK/US Degree
Continue Your Development
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.”
"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."
Director of Business Development
United Soccer League
"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.
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.
Earn an FA Level 1 Coaching Badge
Get a globally recognised coaching qualification
Discover How RIASA Has
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