Play UK Soccer. Earn a US & UK Degree.

Play UK Soccer.
Earn a US & UK Degree.

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

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

ACADEMIC PARTNERS

OFFICIAL KIT SUPPLIER

ACADEMIC & FACILITY PARTNERS

US ACCREDITATION  ASSOCIATION

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 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.

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

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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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 begin your journey!


"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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do RIASA offer scholarships?

Is RIASA a professional soccer academy? 

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

Discover How the RIASA
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