Football Federation Australia have told A-League expansion candidates a decision on the competition's next two teams will be made in late September, rather than October.
The Covert Agent can reveal the FFA's decision to fast track the announcement appears to be so that the under-threat governing body can secure the licence fees from the new franchises before potential FIFA intervention.
The world's governing football body is hovering over Australian football at the moment with an extraordinary general meeting set to take place on October 2.
With FIFA approving recommendations made by a Congress Review Working Group, which included an independent A-League, the FFA must either accept or reject the proposals - both of which will have significant ramifications.
Should the FFA vote down proposed changes, Australia could find itself suspended by FIFA and unable to compete at the 2019 Asian Cup.
However, if they vote in favour of the CRWG then the FFA's power will be severely reduced with an independent A-League likely.
As such, the FFA are looking to finalise expansion plans before it's too late with eight franchises vying for two spots in the A-League's 2019/20 season.