Winds FC played in the So Cal Premier League from 2006 to 2011 before joining the National Premier Soccer League West Region Southern Conference, also in 2011. Winds FC finished second in the NPSL Southern Conference during their sole NPSL season, made the playoffs and fell in the first round to Hollywood United Hitmen by a score of 3-1.
The club left the NPSL after one season due to a split between owners. One faction of ownership left and kept the Santa Ana Winds FC name, while forming a startup development league called the United Premier Soccer League, which was also founded in Santa Ana. The other faction of ownership continued to operate in the NPSL with the borrowed name Fullerton Rangers, and later called themselves Orange County Spartans, and then OC Pateadores, before disappearing from the NPSL.
Winds FC has been playing in Lake Forest, California or Irvine, California consistently in the last few years, while attempting to find a home field in Santa Ana. The club played all of their Spring 2016 league matches at the Lake Forest Sports Complex in Lake Forest, approximately 17 miles away from the City of Santa Ana. The club began scheduling UPSL summer/fall season matches at Santa Ana College in July 2016.
Winds FC will enter the 2017 United States Adult Soccer Association Region IV tournament, first via local Cal South State Cup qualifying in April of 2017. Three group stage games will be played in April, followed by quarterfinals and semifinals to be played in late April and May. The finalists advance to the USASA Region IV Amateur Cup, to be played from June 2-4 in Norco, CA. Winds FC are placed in Cal South Group A, with San Nicolas FC, FC Strikers South Coast and Real Sociedad Royals.
Santa Ana Winds FC were scheduled to host fellow UPSL club La Habra City FC at Lake Forest Sports Park on Sunday, September 18 in a qualifying match to the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, but had the match moved to Colton High School in Colton, California. Santa Ana defeated La Habra City FC by a score of 5-0 in the first-ever U.S. Open Cup qualifying match for either team.
The October 23 Open Cup qualifier vs La Máquina was cancelled due to a thunderstorm in Irvine, and was rescheduled for October 30 at 6 pm at Orange County Great Park.
Santa Ana Winds FC (UPSL) v La Habra City FC (UPSL)