Kristianstad FF was founded in 1990, when the football section of IFK Kristianstad merged with Vilans BoIF. The club then began life in Division 3 Sydöstra Götaland, which was the fourth tier of Swedish football. In the first few seasons Kristianstad FF finished in mid-table positions but then won promotion at the end of the 1993 season after finishing top of the Division 3 Sydöstra Götaland.
The club established themselves in Division 2 Södra Götaland over the next four seasons before winning the division in 1998. There followed one season in Division 1 Södra in 1999 where the club finished in ninth position and were most unfortunate to be relegated at the end of the campaign as a result of league re-structuring. The club's confidence dipped in Division 2 Södra Götaland and a further relegation followed at the end of the 2001 season.
However the club were promoted from Division 3 Sydöstra Götaland in 2002 after finishing in second place. Over the rest of the decade the club has played in Division 2 Södra Götaland and Division 1 Södra (third tier Swedish football) where they currently reside.
The club is affiliated to the Skånes Fotbollförbund.