AFL Tasmania has been told to step away from making further changes to the State League, at least until the start of the 2015 season.
The Tasmanian Football Council, which represents the state's three main regional competitions, wants Devonport and South Launceston to continue playing in the State League for one more year, until the landscape of football becomes a bit clearer.
"Whilst there is no doubt that Tasmania must have a State League competition that allows those players that have the ability to play in the top competition, if they so desire to do so. It is also important that we, as a football community, respect the desires of club members and the football-loving public," council spokesman Kyron Johnson said.
"The TFC agrees that the overall concept and structure of a State League competition, supported by regional football competitions is pretty right, however, there is obviously club member and community concern as to exactly where football clubs or teams might actually play.
"That's the debate and discussion we have demanded from AFL Tasmania, which I'm pleased to say they have agreed to have with us," he said.
Johnson said it was vitally important that as a football community at all levels they work together to get the best outcomes for Tasmanian football and its leagues and clubs.
"We have already recommended, and have agreement from AFL Tasmania, that the current changes currently agreed to for the State League in 2014 will remain. That will mean Devonport and South Launceston will remain in the State League for 2014 and Kingborough will be admitted.
"Hobart and North Hobart will make an application to join the SFL with all parties working together to get the best outcome for North Hobart in its partnership with AFL Tasmania to form the new Hobart City club for inclusion in the State League.
"We will then use the 2014 season to address the concerns of all stakeholders with a view to bedding down all clubs within competitions that their boards, members and public wish to see them participating in," Johnson said.