Co-founded in 2010 by the former professional player and director Mark Ellis, Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy (RIASA) is an exceptional collegiate soccer academy programme.
Providing student-athletes with the unique opportunity to earn a dual accredited International American/British degree whilst developing as a soccer player in the UK, the world’s home of Football.
RIASA supports that all talented athletes deserve the best possible opportunities to enhance their play at the appropriate level for their particular abilities without sacrificing an all-important education. Therefore RIASA offers a fully comprehensive 9 month soccer season run alongside a first-class university education.
From the beginning, with the first cohort of just 23, RIASA has continued to grow and flourish into the incredible programme it is today. Assisted by a core team of dedicated and passionate staff, now working with a roster of more than 100 student-athletes at their Leeds campus base and still expanding.
When you join RIASA, don’t expect anything ordinary.
Expect to become part of something unique, something unrivalled, something unparalleled, something remarkable.
Are you ready to #MakeYourMark?
RIASA is the world’s only international collegiate soccer academy that offers USA-accredited degrees in the UK. RIASA deliver 1st class degrees with professional sports internships.
On our two degrees, (BA International Sports Management & MA International Sports Business), the vast majority of earned module credits are transferable back to the USA, meaning all of your hard work and costs will not be wasted upon your return.
In the UK, the soccer season takes place over a 10-month period as opposed to the 18 weeks you get in the USA, giving you the opportunity to play at a high-level year round.
You will be coached by UEFA Licence professional coaches who have played at the very top of their game. Also, there will be opportunities to play in showcase games against professional academy teams and partake in exit trials to clubs throughout Europe.
RIASA provides opportunities to help the student grow, athletically, intellectually, culturally and socially, utilizing the vast rich cultural heritage of the UK and the European Continent.
Our Undergraduate programme based in Leeds allows student-athletes to experience life in the heart of the UK. Whilst our postgraduate London programme provides the chance to to embrace the multi-cultural nature of the UK’s capital city.