Combine your passion for soccer with a BA in International Sports Management which will give you a head start on and off the pitch for a career in the sports and leisure industries.
Join our highly qualified, internationally renowned team at Leeds-based Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA) for your coaching training and all of your studies.
Once graduated, you’ll be unbeatable. You’ll have studied one programme and gained two degrees, achieving a BA in International Sports Management from both the UK and US, opening the door to more international opportunities.
Not only that, you will have gained an FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football, a highly prized and practical asset for your future career.
At RIASA you’ll have the fantastic chance to play in a top quality soccer academy with professional coaching and playing opportunities. You’ll be taken through a rigorous soccer training and playing schedule, with coaching focusing not only on your technique, speed and tactics on the field but on your nutrition and health. Get career advice from our professional UEFA A licensed coaching team on your future soccer options, such as how you can achieve a licensed UEFA coaching qualification.
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.
Like our other undergraduate programmes, our BA in International Sports Management is based on the American liberal arts tradition, which helps broaden perspective and develops practical skills which are highly appealing to future employers in a global economy.
As a result, you’ll begin the programme with a combination of modules on business and sport, together with topics such as Creative Writing and Scientific Reasoning, to provide a broadened outlook. The second year has a financial focus on Accounting, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, together with a look at other subjects such as Sports Psychology.
The third and fourth years see a blend of diverse subjects, including Marketing, Nutrition, Legal and Ethical Concepts in Management, Sports Events Planning and Promotion and Sports Journalism. Along with a wide-ranging choice of electives in the final year, you’ll also have the option to do an integrated internship in Sports Management, extending your knowledge and expertise in a specialist area of your choice.
As a RIASA Student-Athlete, you will have the opportunity to play against professional academy teams across Europe on our annual tour to countries such as Finland, Slovenia, Latvia, Sweden and more.
Top 5 reasons to study this programme:
- Gain all-round knowledge of International Sports Management which will equip you for a career in the sports industry anywhere in the world
- Develop your soccer skills as you train with professional UEFA A licensed coaches and gain highly valued soccer coaching qualification
- Gain practical experience through an integrated internship in International Sports Management, enhancing your career options
- Benefit from membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) while you study, providing resource portals, ManagementDirect and an employment opportunities database
- Opportunities for trials with clubs in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia & Latvia
Professional Football, Coaching, Sports Management, Sports Promotion, Sales and Marketing
We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment.
Whether you’re studying in another country, or studying here at the university in London, with Richmond University you have the opportunity to study abroad. That could mean trying out university in London for a semester to a year, studying overseas at any of our partner locations across the world, or taking part in a world internship – designed to give you the experience you need to complement your programme.
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.
☐ 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
5.5 with 5.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
72 with 17 Listening, 18 in Reading, 17 Writing, 20 Speaking
Pearson Test of English
51 with 51 in each component
First, Advanced, Proficiency – taken after January 2015
162 overall (no less than 162 in each component)
Cambridge First: Advantage, Proficiency – taken before January 2015
Cambridge First: Grade B overall (No less than B in any component)
Cambridge Advanced: Grade C (no less than C in any component) less than C in any component)
Cambridge Proficiency: Level C1 certificate
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 ID Camp
- 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.
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 ID Camps or evaluation of your submitted athletic training video and your completed physical evaluation form.