Reutlingen became a decent regional side in the years after World War II, two second place finishes in the Oberliga (I) in 1950 and 1955 being the highlight, and earned a place in the second tier Regionalliga Süd in 1963 when Germany's new top flight professional league, the Bundesliga, was formed. After a second place finish in their division in 1965, SSV took part in the Bundesliga promotion rounds, but the fates pitted them against two teams that would go on to become the league's most storied sides: Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach were playing for the right to make their Bundesliga debuts that year. Reutlingen was held to a 1:1 draw against M'gladbach on their home ground, but were then crushed 0:7 away, and finished a point behind them in their group.
Reutlingen continued to play second division football until the early 70's when they dropped into the Amateur Oberliga Baden-Württemberg (III), briefly even falling to fourth -tier Verbandsliga Württemberg. They would spend most of the next two-and-a-half decades at the third level before playing their way back to the second tier on the strength of a first place finish in their division that began with a sixteen game winning streak to open the season. Their three-year-long adventure in the 2.Bundesliga ended in 2003 after the team was penalized 6 points for financial irregularities the previous year and simply could not make up that big a difference. They were then denied a license to play in the third division Regionalliga Süd and were forced down to Oberliga Baden-Wurttemberg (IV).
The team finished in first place in the Oberliga Baden-Wurttemberg in 2005-06 and have returned to the Regionalliga Süd (III).
|1999-2000||Regionalliga Süd (III)||1st ↑|
|2000-01||2nd Bundesliga (II)||7th|
|2002-03||2nd Bundesliga||16th ↓|
|2003-04||Oberliga Baden-Württemberg (IV)||9th|
|2005-06||Oberliga Baden-Württemberg||1st ↑|
|2008-09||Regionalliga Süd (IV)|