Football Federation Australia said on Monday that it would provide financial assistance to help struggling A-League club Newcastle Jets after just five games into the new season.
The FFA's move averted a threatened boycott by Jets players, who have not been paid for two weeks.
The FFA said it would offer short-term financial assistance to the Newcastle Jets while it continued to work with the club to determine its long-term future.
"There are a range of complex issues that we're discussing with various stakeholders and this will enable us to hold these discussions and at the same time take some important immediate steps including ensuring players' current entitlements are met," FFA chief executive Ben Buckley said.
"As well as providing the club with an opportunity to address its current challenges, FFA's interim support will also provide an opportunity for the local community to come out and show its support for the future of the club."