VfB Stuttgart II serves as Stuttgart's reserve team. The team's backbone consists of recent graduates from Stuttgart's youth teams and several established, older players who are not good enough for Stuttgart's first team. Players that are particularly impressive at Stuttgart II are often called up to become permanent members of the first-team. For example, Sami Khedira made 9 league appearances for Stuttgart II in the 2006-07 season, his final one coming on 24 September 2006, before he was called up the first-team; he made his Bundesliga debut on 1 October 2006.
This stadium, offering 5000 places, all standing, was home for the VfB II until 2008, when they moved to the larger Gazi-Stadion auf der Waldau. It currently hosts the home games of VfB's A and B youth teams. Initially known as the "Amateur-Stadion" (German for amateur stadium), the Robert-Schlienz Stadium got its name in honour of the well-known VfB player Robert Schlienz, after his death in June 1995. The first game played here was in the 2nd round of the youth championship, on June 25 1995, between the VfB's B youth team and Eintracht Frankfurt's.
VfB Stuttgart II is one of the founding members of the recently established 3rd Liga. The 3rd Liga is the new third tier of German football. It sits below the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga. Earlier, when they were in the Regionalliga Süd, they did not have the option of promotion. All “B” teams can gain this privilege, by giving up their opportunity to participate in the DFB-Pokal.