However, as the league competitor SV Austria Salzburg relegated to the Regionalliga due to financial problems and the relegated Bundesliga club (SV Grödig) did not apply for a licence to play professionally, the FAC remained in the first league for the 2016/17 season.
For the 2017/18 season, Thomas Eidler, the new head coach, took over the FAC team. Despite a weak start to the season, the team hibernated with a five-point lead over the last of the table, Blau Weiß Linz. Shortly after the start of the spring season, Thomas Eidler announced his resignation to take up a position at the Austrian football association. Mario Handl, coach of the FAC amateurs and co-coach of the professional team, took over the position until the end of the season. The highlight of a good second half of the season was the 2-0 away win against Wacker Innsbruck on the last matchday. It was the first victory of an FAC team at the Tiroler Tivoli in the club’s history, which earned the FAC ninth place at the end of the season. Due to league reforms a relegation in the 2017/18 season would not have been possible.
The FAC presented Oliver Oberhammer as new head coach for the 2018/19 season, before the end of the season 2017/18. After a change of coach during the 2018/19 winter break, Andreas Heraf acted as head coach of the FAC, but in May 2019 there was already an amicable separation between the Viennese and the FAC. After a few matches as interim coach, Mario Handl was confirmed as head coach for the 2019/20 season. Aleksandar Gitsov has been his assistant coach since the beginning of the 2019/20 season and has also been the head coach of the FAC amateurs ever since.