UK Soccer. US Education.

UK Soccer. US Education.

Live, Play & Study in the UK with RIASA

Live, Play & Study in the United Kingdom.

The RIASA UK Summer Retreat Camp is back for 2021!

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.

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.

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.  

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Undergraduate Programme

Play UK Soccer & Earn Your UK/US Degree

  • Play a 9-month UK soccer season
  • Graduate in BA International Sports Management
  • Explore the UK & Europe

Postgraduate Programme

Continue Your Development

  • Play a 9-month UK soccer season
  • Get your masters degree in 1 year
  • Explore the UK & Europe

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

"Getting seen in America is hard."

The Best of Both Worlds

At RIASA, soccer is not an extra-curricular activity, it's a lifestyle.

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.

Earn an FA Level 1 Coaching Badge

Get a globally recognised coaching qualification

Discover How RIASA Has
Transformed Lives

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