Dwindling fan interest and financial distress for several A-League clubs has failed to deter Football Federation Australia from eyeing off the possible creation of a second tier competition.
The FFA launched a National Competition Review (NCR) on Tuesday to examine the set-up of leagues throughout the country.
Central to that is the possible establishment of a second national league, which would enable the FFA to appease the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) desire for a promotion-relegation system to be put into operation.
The AFC, of which Australia is now a part, has regulations that recommend promotion and relegation.
However with the financial struggles of various teams such as Newcastle and North Queensland well documented, there appears little realistic prospect of the code sustaining more clubs.