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Success Stories.

Find out how RIASA soccer academy has helped previous students achieve their ambitions within the football industry.

Nahki Wells

Nahki joined the RIASA Programme in 2010. From the outset, you could see he was very technically gifted and was going to go far in the professional game. Mark Ellis, RIASA Founder & Academy Director helped Nahki with opportunities to play at different levels over the 12 months he was with RIASA.

From these experiences Mark Ellis then managed to get Nahki a trial at Carlisle United, and after being unsuccessful there he went to Bradford City. The rest is history as Nahki went on to play 3 years at Bradford City making 112 appearances and scoring 53 goals.

Nahki then signed for Huddersfield Town after a loan spell with the Terriers in 2014. He stayed with the Championship club for over 4 years making 153 appearances and scoring 49 times. Nahki then went on to play in the Premier League with Burnley, and now plays his football in the championship for Bristol city in 2021.

Naki has been a great product of the RIASA Programme, his raw talent alone was enough to catch the eye of clubs and coaches, however, by joining RIASA he was able to develop and experience all levels of football before venturing into the professional game.

Christian Eissele

Christian Eissele joined the RIASA Postgraduate Programme in 2011 to further his academic learning and soccer development. He graduated with a Masters Degree in International Business. It was clear that Christian's work ethic and playing ability stood out from the rest. After being on our programme and progressing on the field, Christian had the opportunity to showcase his ability in our yearly European tour in Finland.

Finland was the turning point for Christian, and after impressing the coaches at PS Kemi, who are now known as Kemi City F.C, he managed to sign a professional contract allowing him to take up playing in the third division in Finland. Christian enjoyed his football in Europe, he scored his first professional hat trick against HauPa and then, in the same week, scored 5 goals against Warkaus.

Being from the US and always wanting to play back home, Christian went on to play in the USL and the USL Championship for Sacramento Republic and Oklahoma City Energy. Over his 7 year professional playing career, Christian made over 200 appearances and scored 98 competitive goals. After retiring in 2019, Christian still wanted to work in soccer. He now owns F3 Soccer Training in Florida and coaches at Lake Mary High School. 

Christian Mckeown

Christian Mckeown joined the RIASA Undergraduate Programme in 2014. He spent 4 years with us here in Leeds, graduating with a dual accredited US/UK BA Degree in International Sports Management.

After graduating from RIASA with a highly recognisable degree qualification, Christian was seeking more academically and went back to the US to study a 2 year masters programme at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. During his Masters Degree, Christian expanded his networking structure and managed to gain valuable work experience. He also managed to work after graduating in the marketing department at Benedictine College as videographer and editor.

Through his teenage years into his adult life, Christian had a creative side and was passionate about videography. With the help of his degree qualification and further academic commitments he was able too fast track his career and start his own business in something he loves.

To date Christian has completed numerous projects which have seen him create traditional short-from marketing content, event recap videos, sports hype videos, short-films, documentary-style videos and more. Christian’s business is thriving and through his hard work and determination he has managed to achieve success after being part of the RIASA Undergraduate programme. If you ever need any videography projects, then please check out Christian McKeown Videography.

Adam McCabe

Adam McCabe joined the RIASA Undergraduate soccer programme in 2011. He graduated with the class of 2015 after spending 4 years playing soccer at our academy. Adam is an intelligent attacking playmaker who played in the number 8 and 10 roles for RIASA. Whilst Adam was on our soccer programme he went on trial at Bradford City and Eccleshill United Football Club.

After graduating and leaving the UK, Adam went on to play soccer in Thailand and Slovakia before returning to the United States and playing for Georgia Revolution FC. In 2016, McCabe was nominated as the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year for the club. Today in 2021, Adam has a successful soccer training business which is located in Atlanta. Adam also plays his part in the community and regularly hosts a podcast show called ‘The Gay Footballer's Podcast’.

Jordan Rouse

Jordan graduated with a masters Degree in Sport Business after spending 12 months at RIASA on our postgraduate Programme. He also achieved his FA Level Two Coaching qualification whilst he was at RIASA.

Jordan played pro soccer briefly in Finland before heading back to the United States where he landed a superb job with the United Soccer leagues (USL). Jordan has spent over 3 years at the USL and now in 2021 holds the title of Director, Youth League Operations.

James Voisey

James joined the RIASA Postgraduate Programme in 2014. He graduated within 12 months earning himself a Masters Degree in Sports Business.

Since graduating James, who was a UK student, has gone on to work for Plymouth Argyle Football Club as Partnership Development Manager. James has spent over 5 years working within the football industry earning different promotions along the way.

Matt Reda

Matt was another successful student who graduated with a Masters Degree in Sports Business in 2015 after playing soccer at RIASA for 12 months.

Matt went back home to Florida and landed his first job with the United Soccer Leagues. Matt has worked for the USL for over 5 years, starting in the position of Youth League Operations Manager, after serval promotions he now holds the prestigious post of  Vice President of Corporate Development.

His current role as Vice President of Corporate Development has given Matt the chance to focus on United 2026, the upcoming World Cup Competition to be held in 16 cities in North America. 

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.

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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. 

  • Study Your Passion
  • Earn a Top Class Degree
  • Play a 9-Month Soccer Season
  • Reach Your Potential in the UK
  • Play in Europe & China (tours)