About RIASA

RIASA | The World’s Most Prestigious Collegiate Soccer Academy

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?