Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Umeå was formed on the 6th November 1901. The club has 9 sections covering badminton, bandy, bowling, boxing, football, athletics, orienteering, skiing and weightlifting. There are around 2,000 members.
Since their foundation IFK Umeå has participated mainly in the middle and lower divisions of the Swedish football league system. In 1995 they played one season in Division 2 Norrland which was then the third tier of Swedish football. The club currently plays in Division 3 Mellersta Norrland which is the fifth tier of Swedish football. They play their home matches at the Vildmannavallen IP in Umeå. IFK Umeå has an agreement with Umeå municipality which allows the club to manage the Vildmannavallen. Next to the facility are the club's offices which are centrally located in the town.