Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy (RIASA)

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Mission: To provide a life changing experience for student-athletes as they pursue an accredited American Degree program while reaching their optimal playing potential.

The Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy (RIASA) provides student athletes with a top quality academic program and a top quality soccer opportunity while living and playing in a true football culture.

RIASA is based in Leeds, one of the most sophisticated and economically important cities in Northern England and a major centre for both football and higher education.

The programme at RIASA is aimed at the elite athlete looking to develop their game at the highest level, whilst gaining an insight into the business of football and completing a 4 year BA in International Sports Management.

The programme exists to provide a positive academic and student playing experience. It is an opportunity to play in the UK and European leagues while earning an accredited American degree.

At RIASA, students can fully develop their playing potential and still receive a top quality professional education.

The UK is a natural fit for the North American soccer player both culturally and for living with the best league in the world and the excitement that brings on a year round basis. It may provide an entry route into the professional game at some level, for some students, as they will be continually showcased against top professional academies.

Students should be of a good playing standard, either originating from a top premier select program or be an all-regional or state player.

Our Goals:

  • To provide a positive student academic and athletic experience. It is a first class opportunity for earning an accredited American degree whilst playing in the UK leagues.
  • To provide a top class academic degree program that is accredited in the US that helps build a top class resume that is transferable back to the US or within the European Education system.
  • To showcase players against top professional youth soccer academies, from premiership to league two levels in addition to and providing entry routes within the game not available to the North American soccer player.
  • To provide opportunities to help the student athlete grow, intellectually, socially and interpersonally utilizing the vast rich cultural heritage of the UK.

Tuition Fees & Accommodation
Tuition and Accommodation fees for 2017/2018 are £25,000 inclusive.
Please Note: All fees include accommodation and students are expected to take housing for the duration of the programme.
RIASA Fee Sheet 2017/18

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