Degree Overview 

Find more information about the degree and where it can take you once graduated. 

BA International Sports Management

Combine your passion for soccer with a BA in International Sports Management which will give you a head start on and off the pitch for a career in the sports and leisure industries.

At RIASA you’ll have the chance to play in a top quality soccer academy with professional coaching and playing opportunities. You’ll be taken through a rigorous soccer training and playing schedule, with coaching focusing not only on your technique, speed and tactics on the field but also on your nutrition and health.

Alongside the practical side of the programme, you will examine the theory and practice surrounding the management and the business of sports in various parts of the world, and gain the vital business skills required for a successful career in sports management.

You’ll begin the programme with a combination of modules on business and sport, together with topics such as Creative Writing and Scientific Reasoning, to provide a broadened outlook.  

The second year has a financial focus on Accounting, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, together with a look at other subjects such as Sports Psychology. The third and fourth years see a blend of diverse subjects, including Marketing, Nutrition, Legal and Ethical Concepts in Management, Sports Events Planning and Promotion and Sports Journalism.

Along with a wide-ranging choice of electives in the final year, you’ll also have the option to do an integrated internship in Sports Management, extending your knowledge and expertise in a specialist area of your choice. As a RIASA Student-Athlete, you will have the opportunity to play against professional academy teams across Europe on our annual tour to countries such as Finland, Slovenia, Latvia, Sweden and more.

Richmond University

Richmond was one of the first universities to introduce the liberal arts to the UK, pioneering this multidisciplinary approach. This liberal arts programme will also give you great mobility, with the US credit system at Richmond helping students seamlessly transfer from one academic institution to another with the credits gained counting towards their degree.

Career Paths

International Opportunities 

Once graduated, you’ll be unbeatable. You’ll have studied one programme and gained two degrees, achieving a BA in International Sports Management from both the UK and US. Combined with your footballing experiences, FA Level 1 coaching badge and academic achievements, you're placing yourself in a strong position whatever career choice you make next.

Graduated RIASA students have gone on to play professional soccer, work for large sports corporations such as the United Soccer League and enjoyed careers outside of sports. Whatever your route, you’re building on the excellent work you have achieved during your undergraduate experience. Here are a few examples of career options once graduated:

Pro Soccer Player

Coaching

Sports Managment

Sports Promotion

Sports Marketing

Personal Trainer

Event Manager

Sports Agent

Event Coordinator

Marketing Consultant

Hear From Previous Students 

Been there. Done that. Watch the below interviews from previous student-athletes that joined RIASA and stayed on our programme for the full 4 years. This will give you authentic insight into how RIASA can help you achieve your dreams. 

75+ nationalities

We are International.

Join an international football programme. No matter where you’re from in the world, if you meet the academic requirements and you want to improve your soccer, you can apply to join our ever growing roster of diverse students. 

enjoy the journey

It’s Life Changing. 

By choosing our unique soccer programme you are investing in your future. You’ll mix with like minded individuals who share the same determination to achieve success. 

a place to grow

We Develop You. 

It’s intense at our football academy. Nothing worth having in life is easy and, with this in mind, each training session is fuelled with the intention of helping you to progress.

stay focused

It’s Down to You.

We put you in positions to thrive. Every game, every training session and being surrounded by other talented soccer athletes  helps you to grow. Commitment and passion are vital in helping you succeed on your RIASA journey. 

WE ARE RIASA

We Are Unique. 

There isn't another soccer academy that can offer the challenging football programme and high quality teaching that is available at RIASA. Earn a top class degree and enjoy moments that last a lifetime as you venture for success at our academy in Leeds.

Start Your Journey.

Embark on a rewarding and life changing soccer programme. 

  • Earn a dual accredited US/UK Degree
  • Play a 9-Month Soccer Season
  • Reach Your Potential in the UK