• Tuition Fee

    £15,000.00 (UK/EU)

    £18,500.00 (INT)

  • Duration

    4 Years (Full-time)

  • Accreditation

    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location


Programme Overview

BA Degree in International Sports Management is a unique undergraduate programme that will enable you to fully develop your soccer potential as you earn an American-accredited degree.

In addition to graduating with a BA in International Sports Management, you will also gain a FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football. You’ll attend the Leeds-based Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA) for your coaching training and all of your studies. BA International Sports Management is also offered at our London campus in Richmond.

You will play in a top quality soccer academy with professional coaching and playing opportunities and be taken through a rigorous football training and playing schedule, with coaching focusing not only on your technique, speed and tactics on the field but 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.

Entry Requirements

A Level: 96 UCAS points

US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)

International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1) BTEC National Diploma: MMM.

☐ Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade of C including mathematics and English

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

Key Facts

Key points

  1. The programme is ideally suited to candidates who have an active interest in soccer who are seeking building a career in football, coaching and in the sports industry.
  2. An opportunity to show your pitch skills in league games in the Yorkshire/Lancashire area a minimum of 1 game a week and become ‘the one everybody’s watching’
  3. Immerse yourself in a true soccer culture as you play in showcase games against professional youth Academy/Reserve teams and potentially even play in the UK and European leagues.
  4. Opportunities for exit trails to clubs in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia & Latvia
  5. Coached by professional UEFA A Licence coaches
  6. You can pursue UEFA coaching courses that will lead to a licensed UEFA coaching qualification recognised as one of the best in the world
  7. If you are thinking about a professional career in coaching, you will also be able to pursue further awards through The FA and UEFA via the West Riding County FA
  8. Specialise your academic studies in an area of particular interest such as sport marketing, healthy lifestyles, sport event management and coaching
  9. An integrated internship in a Sports Management setting and football career development advice
  10. Access to the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) resource portals, ManagementDirect and employment opportunities database for the duration of their studies.
  11. US accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  12. Located in Leeds at Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA) football training facilities

Key areas of study

  1. The academic business focus of BA International Sports Management will allow you to explore the central role and functions of sports management alongside a rigorous football training schedule and a coaching qualification
  2. Provide comprehensive and critical grounding in business management principles, allowing you to apply this practical and realistic sport and leisure settings.
  3. Present you with an opportunity to put theory in to practice through your selected project/dissertation and internships all of which will be supervised by your personal programme tutor
  4. Personal Development through enhancing your managerial, organisation skills and your professional sports/and or sports business career
Programme Structure

Richmond’s offers all students a comprehensive choice of cores (mandatory) and elective (optional) courses within the liberal arts degree structure.

Football Training and Coaching

Football training and coaching sessions with FA and UEFA qualified coaching staff four times a week (2 hours per training session) in modern, state of the art training facilities with a minimum of one scheduled League match each week

Year 1 Core Course Requirements

Foundations of Business

Functions and Applications

Sport and Society

Transitions I

Transitions II

Scientific Reasoning

Creative Expression

Research and Writing I

Year 2 Core Course Requirements

Financial Accounting

Managerial Accounting

Introduction to Microeconomics

Introduction to Sports Psychology

Computer Applications in Management

Calculus with Applications

Probability & Statistics I

Research and Writing II

Upper Level Course Core Course Requirements (Year 3 and 4)

Public Economics

Corporate Finance

Research Methods

Legal and Ethical Concepts in Management

Principles of Marketing

Exercise Nutrition and Lifestyle Management

Sports Events Planning and Promotion

Sports Management

Sports Journalism

Sport in Documentary Film

Year 4 Core Courses

Senior Project in Business

Sport Law

Talent Identification: Principles and Practice

Team and Leadership Dynamics in Sport and Coaching

Sports Marketing

Sports Finance

Plus three of the following OR Internship and one of the following

PR and Self-Presentation in the Media

Foreign Trade Policy

World Internship in Sport Management (6 CREDITS)

Internship in Sport Management (6 CREDITS)

Competition and Strategy

Marketing Planning and Strategy

Policy Making in the Globalized World

Make an Application

Once you have been accepted on the Soccer programmme www.riasasoccer.org, you can apply directly to Richmond using our online application system. In order to submit a complete application you will need the following information:

  • Apply to the Soccer Programme on RIASA website
  • Once accepted complete Richmond’s Direct Application Form
  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
  • An electronic copy of your in-process or completed transcript or high school certificate
  • An athletic-soccer training video or attend a RIASA on the Road Event www.riasasoccer.org/events
  • Physical Evaluation Form

When to apply

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study.

Selection process

Admission is determined by your academic qualification (your achievement in high school or secondary school), your athletic review, which consists of an attendance at one of the RIASA on the Road Events or evaluation of your submitted athletic training video and your completed physical evaluation form.

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What our students say…

Kim Northrop

I wanted to tell you how impressed I am with the program and congratulate you on the excellent results for the team. Chip left home with trepidation, but I have heard only enthusiasm and excitement from him since his arrival. He says these are the best coaches he has ever had in his life, people who really understand football. Even more impressive, he likes his classes and is engaged in the academics!

It is obvious to me that you care a great deal for the boys and truly want them to improve and succeed. The program is such a great way for the North American players to matriculate into a foreign system and style of play. Throughout the years, I have seen several boys head off to Brazil and Europe for tryouts with teams and have a very difficult time fitting in, usually returning without making the teams. But with this program there is the time to learn and prepare for a higher level, build confidence and skill.

Kim NorthropSan Francisco, California
Hollie Stray-Gundersen

We teach our kids to reach for the stars, to pursue their dreams. We want them to follow their hearts — but not at the expense of a College Degree. As parents, we also know the tremendous value of that four- year- degree and how critical it is to any “post soccer” success. The idea of pursuing a soccer career while earning an American Accredited Degree in Europe was not possible — until now. The Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA) is the World’s first opportunity for the North American player to earn an Accredited American Four-Year-Degree while playing in a professional academy in the UK — it is the real deal.

Hollie Stray-GundersenDallas, Texas

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Where to find us

South Kensington Campus

1 St. Alban’s Grove
W8 5PN

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7368 8500