Archie Fraser was head of the A-League when Melbourne Heart, North Queensland Fury and Gold Coast United joined the competition.
In the last eight years only two new teams have joined the A-League, with Heart (now Melbourne City) in 2010 and Western Sydney Wanderers in 2012.
After years of waiting, fans will welcome two more clubs starting from the 2019/20 A-League season but Fraser belives FFA should be looking at revolution not evolution.
“If we are sitting here and having this conversation in five years we'd have 16 teams and promotion and relegation. It’s coming," he told FourFourTwo.
“The FFA need to have a little bit of vision so we can compete and create a better product.
“There isn’t any risk with expansion given where we are at with how stale the league currently is because we all want to consume more live content.
“If we get the right level of marquee player and some of the clubs will do that - just have a look at the MLS with Zlatan Abrahimovich going to the LA Galaxy – he’s impact has gone all around the world, it’s promoted that team to millions of people and that’s what the FFA need to do at this stage. “
Fraser also believes the creation of a second division needs to happen but that it shouldn’t underpin itself to the top tier straight away.
“You can set up the second division up over the next few years but you wouldn’t have relegation,” he said.
“You would give the new clubs that have been established in the A-League an opportunity.
“It’s just a question of having the right structure.  Our NPL content is good, there is some excellent players at that level right around the country and we should start sharing that content with the fans.
“The Australian Association of Football Clubs have got a large amount expression of interest from clubs who aspire to play in the second division.
“So, the work has already started on that and it’s what is required if we are to stay in Asian Football Confederation."
Despite falling crowds and TV viewing figures and the negativity surrounding the unresolved congress issues, Fraser believes the local game is on the cusp of an electrifying era.
“It’s probably the most exciting time in football in Australia in a long, long time,” he said.
“For professional players, semi-professional players, the women’s game and the development of the game as a whole.
“There might be a few bush fires here and there but from what I can see there is a heck of a lot of good football people around the country who have found their voice in football and who want to make football the game that it should be, that it can be and it will be."
“There is a massive opportunity to take some really big steps forward and everybody can sense there is going to be some change."