BENDIGO soccer has demanded answers about the Victorian National Premier League.
The new state-wide competition has been repeatedly held-up as Football Federation Victoria battles metropolitan clubs about the league's junior structure.
A recent court injunction has prevented FFV from setting-up the new competition.
But FFV remains committed to rolling-out the state-wide league next year and has scheduled mediation talks for Tuesday.
The Bendigo Amateur Soccer League and other regional organisations have given the governing body until Thursday for a final answer about whether the competition will kick-off as planned in March.
"They are having mediation on Tuesday to sit down at 12 o'clock and pretty much nut it out," BASL operations manager Brock Rogers said.
"FFV's stated to me that they're pretty much not going to leave that room until some negotiation can be completed.
"A lot of the regions, like ourselves, made it quite clear that if we don't get an answer by October 31, we can't do it next year.
"They are leaving it a little bit late, but I guess this is a last straw to come to some negotiations.
"Hopefully, be next Wednesday - either way - we'll know if it's happening next year or not."
Rogers said it would be tough, but not impossible, to get a new soccer club off the ground in time for the VNPL's kick-off.
Bendigo has applied for a licence for junior teams in the competition next year.
The competition is being rolled-out across the nation by Football Federation Australia to help establish clear pathways from grassroots level to the A-League.
Meanwhile, Rogers will meet with Castlemaine Soccer Club's new committee early next month.
Castlemaine's men's division one team pulled-out on the verge of the 2013 season due to a lack of players.
"By the middle of November we should be very clear on what they're doing," Rogers said.
"Obviously, they're a key part of our competition and they're probably the third-biggest junior club in our competition, so they're very important to us."