Capital Football is in crisis.
Canberra clubs say chairman Mark O'Neill's controversial governance stance is driving a wedge between their organisations and Capital Football.
The governing body released a scathing response to accusations the board is not acting on behalf of the clubs it represents.
FIFA have stepped in to restructure the Football Federation Australia board but the latter are concerned that will reduce its independence and allow clubs too much power.
An amendment to FFA's constitution is required to pass the changes, which means 75 per cent of the current 10-member congress must vote in favour.
Capital Football are one of at least three federations preparing to vote against the changes at an extraordinary general meeting next week.
If the vote fails, it means FIFA could dissolve the FFA and even boot the Socceroos and Matildas from international competition.
The FFA tried bridge the governance impasse through a teleconference with the federations and Capital Football was the only member not to dial in on Thursday.
Canberra club presidents met earlier this week and are concerned O'Neill's vote could have long-term implications on soccer in the capital and are urging him to change his position.
Capital Football clubs want it known O'Neill's stance does not reflect their views and Tuggeranong United president Jon Thiele warned it could isolate the ACT.
"We need to get past this impasse, so if FIFA have endorsed it and want it then it needs to happen because it's better than position we find ourselves in now," Thiele said.
"If this gets through by the other members saying yep then we will be isolated. If we think it's bad in the ACT now, just wait.
"There's going to be a change in the FFA regime. [Chairman] Steve Lowy is leaving and Mark O'Neill won't have an ally and his position will be left untenable.
"O'Niell will walk away and we’ll be the ones left with the mess. This is why the clubs want to get on the front foot with this and make sure rest of the football community understand this is all coming from Mark O'Neill.
"He’s making decisions without consultation. Some would say he's gone rogue and I don't necessarily disagree with that term.
"He's making decisions in the public domain that aren't supported by the majority of the community. I can't speak for the Capital Football board but I know some its members don't support his stance.
"We’ll become a backwater. Forget about any potential future A-League team, a second division team or funding - because we didn't support the national body."
The Capital football board came out swinging at criticism of O'Niell in a statement released on their website.
"Any commentary to suggest the Capital Football Board has determined to vote against motions that have not yet been drafted are inaccurate, baseless and unfounded at best, mischievous and malicious attacks on the sport of football in the ACT at worst," the statement read.
The nine NPL clubs governed by Capital Football are further aggrieved at Capital Football chief executive Phil Brown for his "captain's call" to introduce NPL2 next season.
"We've had two or three meetings and those meetings were not consultative, it's someone up the front talking to us and at us, not doing genuine consultation and asking for our input," Thiele said.
"The information we’ve received post these meetings does not consider anything that we've said. Nothing. They've clearly go their model in mind and they're doing this just to tick the box.
"All clubs feels the same way, there is one club that would like it to go ahead, but eight of the nine clubs are on the same page."