Linfield manager David Healy says that unless the authorities put their hands in their pockets to help struggling clubs, some could go to the wall.
The former Northern Ireland striker has echoed the comments of other major figures in the game calling on the government to act, not just on the elite stage but the whole way down the football ladder.
As it stands, only the 12 Danske Bank Premiership sides are allowed to play with hundreds of clubs below that level left kicking their heels while football tries to come to terms with the pandemic.
"You need some assistance along the line. We bring a lot to all communities in Northern Ireland and hopefully there can be some sort of agreement to distribute some kind of funding," he said.
"And we're not just looking at individual clubs, we're looking at the big picture.
"It's not just the 12 senior clubs, you have to look at the pyramid going down, you can't miss anybody if you don't want to be coming out of this pandemic in six months or 18 months with one or two clubs having maybe faded away. They need help and assistance now."
Linfield played in front of 450 spectators at the Ballymena Showgrounds on Saturday, with no visiting fans in the ground, and Healy feels that this needs to be built on and support given by the Assembly.
"At least there was some sort of smaller home crowd but Ballymena have lost out on a huge amount of money by not having a larger home crowd and a big Linfield support," he added.
"Somewhere along the line, you're hoping that there are some negotiations to go on because it's important that - not only now but after Christmas and the year after it - good clubs like Ballymena are still battling, spending money and being competitive."