Western United chief executive Chris Pehlivanis said there is one element which promotes Tasmania's A-League push above all other attempts to join national sporting competitions.
"Participation is the difference," he said.
"Soccer's got the participation at grass roots level. Tasmania needs to embrace that and go forward.
"That's the greatest asset it's got so keep building on that because that's what will be the future generations of players and supporters of this game."
Sport Australia's 2020 AusPlay survey estimated that 7.4 per cent of Tasmanians (39,500) play soccer each year, ahead of footy at 4.2 per cent (22,500) and basketball at 4 per cent (21,400).
Already involved in Australian cricket and hockey competitions, the state is set to join the National Basketball League next season with bids to join the football, soccer and netball equivalents all gaining traction in recent years.
Pehlivanis, whose new Victorian-based franchise is playing two A-League matches in Launceston this week, echoed the sentiments of his coach Mark Rudan that Tasmanians are lacking soccer pathways.
The club attended the opening day of the Northern Tasmanian Junior Soccer Association season on Saturday and were impressed with what they saw.
"We went to Churchill Park and that's a great opportunity to market the game to 2000 kids who play the game every week," Pehlivanis said.
"They're your fans, with two parents for each of those kids plus siblings there's a 5000 fan base just there. You don't have that anywhere else in the country because in Victoria we have clubs with different bases whereas here you have them all together.
"Ultimately we're here to promote the game and grow participation and a fan base and if we can play a role in Tasmania getting a team then we will.
"We really believe in the area and the good work we can do to provide a pathway for kids now, not tomorrow or next year."
Pehlivanis said United had put a lot of work into building a fanbase in the suburbs of western Melbourne but was beginning to reap the rewards.
United play their second match at UTAS Stadium at 7.05pm on Thursday against Wellington Phoenix.