Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy confirmed he would be standing down in the wake of losing control and sent a warning to the football community: You'll regret this.
An extraordinary general meeting of the FFA congress saw members back a new constitution by eight votes to two which will see a massive overhaul of the way football is run in this country.
Instead of power being solely in the hands of the state federations - usually working to the direction of the FFA executives - it will now be shared between federations, A-League clubs, players and women's football, with a pathway for other groups, like fans, to get representation on congress in the future.
The EGM also voted unanimously to set up a new A-League body to run the competition independently of the FFA in return for paying the FFA an annual fee.
The vote brought an end to three years of turmoil which could have seen Australia suspended by FIFA, meaning the Socceroos could have missed defending their crown at the Asian Cup and the Matildas missing out on their World Cup spot in France next year.
Instead the FIFA-approved revolution will begin to be put into place almost immediately. Nominations for the board will become open later this month, with elections to follow in November.
The new A-League v2.0 will be in place in time for next season, and a decision on A-League expansion is likely to be delayed for the moment.
But outgoing chairman Lowy - who took over from his father Frank three years ago - didn't go quietly this afternoon, and delivered a 30 minute broadside against the new regime.
He insisted the previous board and set up had retained complete independence which would be lost under the new system.
He fears the professional clubs only need the support of a minority of state federations to bring in their own people onto the board and into power.
But he did admit the status quo was no longer viable after 15 years and change was required... but said the new changes were going too far.