Undergraduate Programme

International Sports Management with Football (Leeds)

Earn a dual-accredited US/UK degree in International Sports Management  and play a 9-month soccer season in the UK.

International Fee: £26,000 p/a       UK/EU Fee: £23,000 p/a

Earn a dual-accredited US/UK degree in International Sports Management  and play a 9-month soccer season in the UK.

International Fee: £26,000 p/a

UK/EU Fee: £23,000 p/a


As a student-athlete on the RIASA Undergraduate 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-standard 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 BA International Sports Management Degree
  • Play A 9-Month Soccer Season
  • Develop Your Business & Research Skills
  • Train Under Ex-Pros & UEFA A/B-Licensed Coaches
  • Compete Against Professional Academy Teams
  • Travel The UK & Europe 
  • Complete FA Level 1 & 2 Coaching Badges





The Route to RIASA


Apply to RIASA

Hit the 'Apply Now' button to begin your journey to joining Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy.


Connect With Us

You will receive an email from our recruitment team to confirm your application has been received. You will also be invited to a RIASA ID Camp. 


Get Accepted by RIASA 

After the coaching staff have seen your talent, work ethic and potential, you will receive confirmation that you have been accepted by the soccer side of the programme. 


Apply to Academics

Now for the academic side of the RIASA Leeds Programme. Simply go to commonapp.org and search for "Richmond, The American International University in London" to submit your application.

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Entry Requirements

  • international
  • UK & eu

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
  • Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Israel Kinyolo

RIASA  Alumni | Student of MA Sport Business

“My experience at RIASA has been nothing short of amazing.


I have been able to grow as an individual in scholarly knowledge through the continued support from my lecturers, made possible via the small class sizes that ensured specialised attention in the sessions.”

Coaching Team

Develop with ex-professional & UEFA-Licensed coaches

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Rob Jones

Head Academy Coach

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Kamran Stead

Assistant Head Academy Coach

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John Francis

Academy Coach

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John Hendrie

Academy Coach

Karl Leneghan

Goalkeeper Coach

Clive Brown

Lead Physiotherapist

Billy Paytner

Academy Coach

Greg Abbott

Academy Coach

Rob Jones
Head Academy Coach

Kamran Stead
Assistant Academy Coach

Sarah Crossland
Head of Recruitment

Dawn Craven
Head of Operations & Finance

Soccer Programme

At RIASA, soccer is not simply an extra-curricular activity. As a RIASA Student-Athlete, you will experience a 9-month soccer season, as opposed to the 4 months you would play on a US College Soccer programme.

  • Ex-pro, UEFA-Licensed Coaches
  • Play a 9-Month Soccer Season
  • Monthly showcase games against pro academy teams
  • Opportunities to play across Europe
  • Professional-standard training

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

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.

Academic Programme

Administered by Richmond University, the 4-year RIASA Undergraduate 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. 

Kaushik Dhanyamraju

RIASA  Alumni | Jr. Accountant, Wakefern Food Corp.

Mentally, physically, tactically, and technically, I believe I have ascended into the best possible version of myself as a footballer. The training and development here far surpasses that in USA, and it's no reason why England is high up and America has stagnated on the footballing spectrum.

Cost Breakdown

cost breakdown

An easy-to-understand breakdown of our £25,500 annual fee

  • Academy Coaching Fee
  • Tuition Fee
  • Food Cards
  • Accommodation

Academy Coaching Fee

Academic Tuition

Supermarket & Food Court Card

On-Campus Accommodation

Career Paths

RIASA student-athletes work hard to ensure that they have a great degree, coaching badges, additional qualifications and unrivalled 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
  • Soccer Coaching
  • Stadium Management
  • Sports Finance
  • Further Study

Professional Soccer Player

Business Development

Sports Finance

Semi-Pro Soccer Player

Soccer Coach

Sports Promo

Sports Marketing

Stadium Management

Further Study

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

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 
  • Modern Townhouse Student Accommodation

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