International Academic & Soccer Academy (England)

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  1. prowazekii

    prowazekii Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  2. arsenalfc08

    arsenalfc08 Member

    Mar 14, 2005
    ohio
  3. prowazekii

    prowazekii Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As the student population expands, so does the number of teams RIASA fields. This season they will operate 5 teams: a developmental squad, u19, FC RIASA, and the main 1st and 2nd teams
    http://www.riasa.org/blog?hid=731
     
  4. prowazekii

    prowazekii Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    RIASA advanced in the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory.
     
  5. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    NYC
    Here's a story with some details about RIASA:

    Just in case, though, they sent in some required paperwork about a week ago. She said the annual tuition is about $30,000, but with academic scholarships her son would be eligible for, she hopes the cost is lower than that lofty range.​

    ...​

    Cooper said that at Richmond, students are sorted onto three teams. The second and third teams are comparable to Division I programs in the United States, he said. The top team is a semipro squad.​

    "That's the one you want to be on because you can start to actually get paid," he said.​

    http://www.salina.com/news/story/NEIGH-9-10
     
  6. prowazekii

    prowazekii Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    RIASA and Bradford City may integrate their developmental academies, which would allow some of the RIASA students to regularly face stronger competition than in the current system.
    A couple of the Canadian students have begun coaching with the developmental squads in preparation for beginning the UEFA B license process.
    http://riasa.org/blog?hid=801
     
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  7. prowazekii

    prowazekii Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  8. prowazekii

    prowazekii Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This has finally been agreed and some of the top RIASA guys will begin play with Bradford's academy team in January.
    http://www.riasa.org/blog?hid=1051
     
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  9. genom

    genom Member

    May 27, 2006
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This Academy's basis for existence seems shady.
     
  10. prowazekii

    prowazekii Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  11. Fanatical Monk

    Fanatical Monk Member+

    Jun 14, 2011
    Fantasyland
    it's just an extention of the American pay for play system.
     
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  12. prowazekii

    prowazekii Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  13. prowazekii

    prowazekii Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  14. MBGK

    MBGK New Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Does anyone out there have any information (good or bad) regarding the International Academics & Soccer Academy at Leeds Metro University for Post-Graduates (players that have already fully utilized their NCAA eligibility)?

    I know the undergraduate program had some discussion several years ago. I am looking for info on the post grad academy.

    Thanks
     
  15. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    NYC
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  16. arsenalfc08

    arsenalfc08 Member

    Mar 14, 2005
    ohio
    CJ Lyle is also playing for Garforth and Mark Ellis, who is the director of RIASA, is also the teams GK coach. A lot of the players, both American and non-American, seem to be on the roster for Garforth. I'm pretty sure they have partnerships with local teams and allow the students to play on their squads, another team is Eccleshill United. Also the non-EU players are allowed to play with a student visa but they can only play at a certain level (hence the very low divisions).

    Looking over the RIASA roster on the website, it has certainly grown over the years
     
  17. JG

    JG Member+

    Jun 27, 1999
    http://www.riasa.org/blog?hid=2189
     
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  18. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    NYC
    Snip:

    PENDLETON — While many of his fellow seniors are shopping to stock their college dorms, Brian Wolverton is preparing a passport.

    Wolverton, a Pendleton Heights senior, is bound for England to study and play soccer at the Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy, a university in Leeds, approximately three hours north of London.
    http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/v...-headed-to-England-to_1400726584#.U34HqfldV7c
     
  19. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    "Academic...Academy" is pretty funny
     
  20. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    NYC
    I wonder if anybody has ever considered starting one of these college-level school-and-sport programs in the States? (Yes, I'm sure there are NCAA wisecracks to be made here...) What's to stop somebody from starting a pay-to-pay club that partners with a local educational institution and places a team or teams in the USL, for example?
     
  21. blacksun

    blacksun Member+

    Mar 30, 2006
    Seoul, Korea
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There is nothing stopping it other than a likely lack of interest from US colleges. BYU has a team in the PDL which is similar (though not pay-to-play as far as I know). USL Pro is probably too high a level for it, though (for comparison, it appears this organization puts players on teams in the 9th and 10th levels in England).
     
  22. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    NYC
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