Club vice-president Nigel Mann said he hoped it would provide the Mandurah community a chance to one day enjoy top-flight WA football.
“For Mandurah City FC it means a lot in the way of continuing to grow our club and provide the Peel community with the best chance to reach the peak of WA football,” he said.
“It gives the right path for our talented players to stay at MCFC and not have to travel to Perth to get the best of what football in the state has to offer.
“A lot of people, who are all volunteers past and present of the club, have put in so much time and effort to get MCFC to this position now and to see juniors playing at the highest level available, it makes it all worthwhile.”
Mandurah City will join Ellenbrook United, Fremantle City, Joondalup City, Melville City, Quinns FC, Rockingham City and South West Phoenix as new teams in the 2016 junior NPL.
It will be a welcome addition to Mandurah’s set-up after it was denied the chance to compete in the senior NPL after winning the State League last year, due to a lack of a team in one age group.
Club president Tony Dyson said joining the premier league raised their status, similar to Peel Thunder in the WA Football League.
“We are just under the A- League now. It’s onwards and upwards for us,” he said.
“We are the only club south of the river to produce two professional players. One now plays for Perth Glory and another player went on to play for Sunderland, a premier side in the UK.”
Mandurah has been grouped with Perth SC, Perth Glory, Subiaco, Armadale, Cockburn City, Floreat Athena, Quinns FC, Ellenbrook and Fremantle City for the upcoming season.
The competition will kick off on April 3.