BENDIGO'S junior soccer stars could be forced out of a higher standard of competition next year.
A successful Melbourne Magistrate's Court injunction by two zone representatives acting on behalf of 59 soccer clubs threatens the introduction of the Victorian National Premier League in 2014.
The matter will be referred to the Supreme Court.
Until further order, Football Federation Victoria is restricted from taking any steps to establish the VNPL, including the granting of licences.
Bendigo Amateur Soccer League operations manager Brock Rogers admitted fears the competition will have to be delayed.
"We want to be part of this competition but you have to start thinking about timeframes and timelines," Rogers said.
"The further this type of action goes on it's less and less likely this competition will be rolled out in Victoria in 2014.
"They're 12 months behind everyone else (other states) already."
The VNPL has been set down to kick-off in March.