We understand that deciding on the best path to pursue your dreams in soccer can be stressful and confusing. Especially when deciding on your next steps after leaving high school.
The unfortunate truth is that most US college soccer programmes merely consider soccer an extra-curricular activity, don't provide a clear path to the pro game and only offer a four month-long season. Meaning that players with dreams of reaching their potential don't have the time to fully commit to improving their game.
To combat this, some young players choose the route of paying clubs, academies and "agents" a hefty fee after promises of a route to the pro game. Sadly, this often ends in disappointment after realising that these places and people simply want your money. Thus, sacrificing an education for a shot at achieving your dreams.
So, that's the choice. An inferior college soccer programme or risky routes into the pro game.
We think that's wrong. Young players shouldn't have to sacrifice anything in pursuit of their dreams of pro soccer.
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 dreams in the UK confidently, safe in the knowledge that they have a US/UK degree, coaching qualifications and rich life experiences to fall back upon. Here is our agreement with our student-athlete:
- To guide you on your journey and help you reach your potential in soccer.
- To always provide you with options athletically, academically and professionally.
- To do everything we can to make sure you leave with, at least, 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 athlete, student and person.
You ought to be able to reach your potential without worrying about the consequences. 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.
Register for a RIASA ID Camp today and discover how 100's of young soccer players have transformed themselves on the RIASA programme.