Nikou's appointment to the highest managerial board in Asian football has been expected and comes in the wake of FFA's controversial backing of AFC President, Sheikh Salman in the recent presidential vote.

Salman, who has drawn significant criticism during his time in the role and was one of the key figures blamed for Hakeem AlAraibi's alleged torture in Bahrain, was elected unopposed at the Congress.

The appointments also come after FFA's continued comments that Australia's place in the AFC isn't safe - many of the AFC members are understood to be doubtful of Australia's place in the confederation.

Both Nikou and Salman have been elected to four-year terms on the board.

Dodd - who served 12 years on the executive committee and was named one of football's most powerful women by Forbes Magazine - said she was proud of her work with the AFC.

“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to serve football and to contribute to issues I am passionate about – especially governance reform, women’s football and diversity – at both AFC and at FIFA," she said.

Nikou added: “Across a twelve-year period, Moya has represented Australia with distinction in Asia, especially with regard to making the game more inclusive for women and girls at all levels – from the boardroom to the grassroots. I would like to thank her for her contribution.

“I would first like to thank my colleagues across Asia for entrusting me with the responsibility that a position on the AFC Executive Committee entails,” Nikou continued.

“Recognising that responsibility, I am committed to working hard to support the development of the world game across the entire Asian football community.”

“Since joining the AFC in 2006, Australia has sought to learn from as well as support our fellow Member Associations in Asia. We have shared knowledge and expertise through serving on various AFC committees, added to the commercial growth of Asian football and delivered a range of development programs across the Confederation.

"Australia’s hosting of the AFC Asian Cup in 2015 also set a new benchmark for Asia’s flagship event.

“I am committed to raising even further Australia’s engagement with Asia, and my new position on the AFC Executive Committee provides an opportunity to continue driving the relationship.

"Through the Executive Committee, we have an avenue to express Australia’s position on different matters, hear matters of priority from other members and work collaboratively with the Asian football community to ensure the vision of the AFC is achieved – that Asia be the world’s leading football confederation.”