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RIASA program brings U.S. players to England

Article Written by Alexander Hoffman
Published: September 27, 2012

Every day we are bombarded with ‘new’ things: new phones, new computers, new games. In the world of soccer, there are always newer, updated styles of playing and coaching. What makes something memorable, however, is when it is truly unique, something that is original rather than just updated or improved. 

The Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy is the perfect example. 

RIASA is an institution that combines the academic lifestyle of a university with the training regimen of a top quality soccer program. 

According to Brian Haley, the International Director for the RIASA Football Academy, RIASA is completely different from collegiate soccer programs in the U.S. 

“The developmental model [at RIASA] mirrors that of the top European academies in that players play year round and are not restricted,” he said. “The programs focus in on development, exposure and opportunity while playing year round.” 

RIASA is a good fit for American soccer players who desire the same developmental opportunities as other players around the world.  

Located in Headingly, England, RIASA is meant to develop players who will play professionally or go on to be a part of the larger world of professional soccer. But it’s much more than that. The program is also an educational academy, which offers an undergraduate degree, and will allow students to travel abroad and experience life in England. Students will dorm in the Headingly district of Leeds and will have access to top notch facilities for training and studying. 

While in attendance at RIASA, students will live, study, play, and train with others who are passionate about soccer and compete at a similar skill level. The curriculum is structured in a balanced way that gives student-athlete the best chance at success. 

With more than 3,000 students, attendees of RIASA will never feel isolated or alone. 

Acceptance into the program is based on several factors that include both academic and athletic standards, but the reward of reaching RIASA is invaluable. Those interested in the RIASA program should visit the website at http://riasa.org/home and watch the Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy video on YouTube.

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