RIASA & PS Kemi Kings

Your Pathway Into Professional Soccer

RIASA is excited to be able to offer graduating students an extended playing opportunity in Europe with professional club PS Kemi Kings.

Mark Ellis acquires pro club in Finland

Mark Ellis, RIASA Academy Director, is thrilled to announce that he has acquired the major shareholding in former Premier League Finnish club PS Kemi Kings. This is exciting news for any student-athlete looking to attend RIASA as this means we can offer an extended playing pathway into the modern professional game, for both male and female undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The original interview with Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis candidly shares why he wanted to acquire PS Kemi Kings and what this unbelievable opportunity presents for graduated RIASA student-athletes. During the interview, Mark sheds light on the relationship between RIASA and PS Kemi Kings and how this has developed over the years. You’ll notice that Christian Eissele is mentioned in the interview, this was his route from RIASA, through PS Kemi Kings and then into the USL.

Pro Club. Pro Environment. Pro Standards. Pro Mentality. Pro Feelings. 

Your dreams could come true at Finnish club PS Kemi Kings.

Pro Club. Pro Environment. Pro Standards. Pro Mentality. Pro Feelings. 

What does it take to progress from college soccer to pro contract? 

 After announcing the news regarding PS Kemi Kings there was a buzz of excitement in the RIASA camp. Mark held a meeting with our current players to highlight the demands and challenges of playing professionally. During the interview, Mark shares what’s needed and how players can go about earning their stripes to impress on and off the field.


High Standards. All The Time.

RIASA is the only college soccer programme you should be thinking of joining. We’re obsessed with player progression. We focus on technical training to improve your understanding of the game. Our undergraduate soccer programme is the ultimate chance for you to develop as a player.

3 recently graduated RIASA players sign pro for PS Kemi Kings.

 It’s what they’ve always wanted - the opportunity of a life-time, and now it's a reality! Recently graduated student-athletes Shane King, Ethan Krabbendam and
Cedrick Fenelon have signed pro contracts with PS Kemi Kings after developing their game with RIASA in Leeds, UK.

Make it pro

Been There, Done That.

Striker Christian Eissele joined RIASA with the ambition of turning pro. With RIASA’s help he burst onto the scene at PS Kemi Kings where he built a reputation for himself, scoring goals week-in-week-out. The rest is history, Christian then headed home and played in the USL. 

What are you waiting for?

It’s time to take your soccer development seriously. RIASA is the world’s only college soccer programme offering a dual accredited US/UK degree alongside a 9-month playing season in the UK. Did we mention that we now have a clear pathway into the modern professional European game for selected players who show passion, talent, hunger and character on the field - join RIASA, work hard, succeed in life, graduate, and you could be heading to Finland to enhance your playing opportunities.

9 month season in the UK

Give yourself the time needed to progress. Compete weekly, train 4 times per week and feel the rewards of hard work. 

Enjoy being a full-time student-athlete 

At RIASA you’ll enjoy the balanced life-style of being a full time student-athlete. Study, train, compete, play, laugh, live and enjoy. 

Experience Leeds

Leeds is vibrant and youthful. Our city has so much to offer students who are seeking adventure and opportunity. 

Women’s Undergraduate 

Find out how you can join RIASA Women's International Female Academy.

Men's Undergraduate 

View detailed information about our undergraduate soccer programme. 

Male & Female Postgraduate 

Find more information about our postgraduate soccer programme. 

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. 

Start Your Soccer Journey.

Embark on a rewarding and life changing soccer programme. 

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