RIASA Leeds Programme 

Bachelor of Arts  | International Sports Management (With Football)

Reach your potential in soccer in a professional UK soccer environment whilst you earn a dual-accredited US/UK degree in International Sports Management through Richmond University.

Location Leeds, UK

Duration  4 Years

Dual-Accreditation USA/UK

Fee (p/a) International: £25,500 | EU/UK: £22,000

Location Leeds, UK

Duration 4 Years

Dual-accreditation USA/UK


Leeds, UK




4 Years (Full-Time)


Leeds, UK


Leeds, UK

US/UK Dual-Accreditation

Richmond University QAA (UK)

Middle States Commission of Higher Education 

Fee (per annum)

International: £25,500

EU/UK: £22,000




As a student-athlete on the RIASA Leeds Programme, you will study, train and play on specifically tailored schedule that allows you to earn a dual-accredited US/UK degree whilst experiencing a professional UK soccer academy. Empowering you to pursue your aspirations in soccer whilst earning a respected degree in International Sports Management that will develop your academic and professional skills both on and off the field. 

  • Earn A Dual-Accredited BA International Sports Management Degree
  • Play A 10 Month Soccer Season
  • Develop Your Business & Research Skills
  • Train Under Ex-Pros & UEFA A/B-Licensed Coaches
  • Compete Against Professional Academy Teams
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    Travel The UK & Europe 
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    Increase Your Chances Of Being Recognised
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    Live And Play In The Home Of Soccer
  • Complete FA Level 1 & 2 Coaching Badges

You should not have to sacrifice your education in pursuit of your dreams of a career in soccer. The RIASA Leeds Programme takes away that sacrifice and leaves you with a respected degree that you can use in the US and across Europe. All whilst becoming the best player you can be under the guidance of UEFA A-licensed coach, ex-Hibernian FC, Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster Rovers Captain, Rob Jones and his team of UEFA-licensed coaches. 

"RIASA has really set a higher standpoint for me for becoming a better leader and a better person."







Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • international
  • UK & eu

US High School Diploma: 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) as minimum (on 4.0 scale) for international applicants.

English Language Requirements
(Non-native English Speakers)

  • IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in each Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • TOEFL (IBT) 80+ overall with: Listening 17, Reading 18, Writing 17, Speaking 20
  • Pearson Academic Test of English (PTE) 51
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    Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Discover How the RIASA Programme Has
Transformed the Lives of Soccer Players Like You

Academic Programme

The RIASA Leeds programme is built around the core belief that student-athletes should not have to choose between academics or soccer, that's why the programme is designed to give academics and soccer equal time commitment. 

  • Year one
  • year two
  • year three
  • year four

Academic Modules

Foundations of Business

Functions & Applications

Sport & Society

Transitions I

Transitions II

Scientific Reasoning

Creative Expression

Research & Writing I

2 QCF Level 3 Electives

Soccer Programme

At RIASA, soccer is not simply an extra-curricular activity. As a RIASA Student-Athlete, you will experience a 10-month soccer season, as opposed to the single semester you would play on a US College Soccer programme.

  • Ex-professional & UEFA-Licensed Coaches
  • Play A 10 Month Soccer Season
  • Monthly showcase games against pro academy teams
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    Opportunities to play across Europe
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    Chances Of Being Recognised
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    Professional-standard training environment

The professional-standard soccer programme is spearheaded by ex- Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster Rovers Captain, Rob Jones. 

"My intention with RIASA is simple, to ensure that the soccer aspect of the programme is delivered to a professional standard. Not only do the student-athletes have access to coaches and staff that a pro would, but, they also have the chance to be recognised when playing against pro academy teams."


Once enrolled, your time management skills will be tested. Due to the nature of the RIASA Leeds Programme and the balance between academics and soccer, you will be on a tight schedule. But don't worry, you will be surrounded by a network of supportive staff, coaches and fellow student-athletes to push you towards your potential.

"The thing I love most about the programme
is how close everyone is."
Joseph De Martino | RIASA Student-Athlete

Career Paths

A number of RIASA alumni went on to become professional and semi-professional soccer players. However, we are proud to say that because our student-athletes work hard to ensure that they have a great degree, coaching badges, additional qualifications and unrivaled life experiences, this has enabled those student-athletes to pursue a variety of rewarding careers. Some of the careers that RIASA Alumni can go on to enjoy include:

  • Professional Soccer
  • Semi-Pro Soccer
  • Sports Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Soccer Coaching
  • Stadium Management
  • Sports Finance
  • Sports Promotion
  • Further Study

Professional Soccer Player

Business Development

Sports Finance

Semi-Pro Soccer Player

Soccer Coach

Sports Promo

Sports Marketing

Stadium Management

Further Study

If your path doesn't lead to professional soccer, the RIASA Leeds Programme sets you up for success.

Fees & Finances

  • International STUDENT-ATHLETES 2019/20

Fees 2019/20

The fee for the RIASA Leeds Programme for international student-athletes joining in 2019/20 is £22,000. A deposit of £1,000 is required of all new students*.

Financial Assistance

As with any UK/EU Student applying for a university programme, applicants are eligible to apply for Student Finance England loans. In addition, UK/EU applicants are also eligible for private student loans through Future Finance.

Notes: All amounts are payable in British Pounds Sterling.

*A deposit of £1,000 is required of all new students. If a student fails to enrol, the deposits non-refundable and non-transferable. However, if for any reason the programme is cancelled by RIASA the deposit and any other monies will be refunded. On enrolment at the University the deposit will be held by Richmond and is refundable only at the time of withdrawal or graduation, if your account with Richmond is clear of all outstanding charges, including penalty charges. The programme fee includes academic and sports tuition, room/board for 35 weeks (2 Semesters – Fall and Spring).

Student accommodation is based on single study bedroom and 12 meals per week. Additional meals beyond the 12 meals provided will need to be paid for separately. Students may occupy the housing facilities over the Christmas break and may leave their belongings in their residential halls during the 35-week programme. Students will need to find storage for their belongings over the summer break.

Location & Facilities

The RIASA Leeds Programme is based in Leeds, UK at Leeds Beckett University. Leeds is situated in the heart of West Yorkshire, UK and is renowned for it's sporting heritage in soccer, rugby and cricket. Moreover, Leeds is a thriving student city and widely regarded as one of the top locations for students to study and live. 

As a RIASA Student-Athlete, you have access to high-standard academic, training and playing facilities at Leeds Beckett University and Sports Park Weetwood including:  

  • 3G & 4G Training & Playing Facilities 
  • State-of-the-Art Library 
  • Newly Renovated Gym Strength & Conditioning Suites 
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    Modern Townhouse Student Accommodation

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