Are we comparing apples and oranges here? What game mode do you play? I play SB and WL, I want to make sure we are talking about the same. I play FUT Seasons too, and for whatever reasons that's different.
There's a petition going on right now, https://www.change.org/p/ea-games-fixfifa, and there's over 40k signatures as of today, probably not enough to make EA do anything since there's millions of people who buy this game, but enough people that are voicing their discontent with Fifa 18.
I think we have a different experience with the game, and that can totally be the case, I play Fifa Career mode at the end, usually start around March/April, and the experience is completely different, I don't think many people complaint about that game mode. But if you are playing a real competitive mode, as Ovvy who is 80-0 and still thinks the kick off stuff is happening and who is still bringing it up, then is a different story. I'm not saying you don't play competitive, I'm thinking maybe you don't play those modes. SB is not competitive unless you want it be, unless you try to be top 100. Maybe you are trying to play that way, and maybe that's why we see the game different.