I think it's time to take a step forward and really listen to the fans opinions and show some ambition to build and create an exciting game . These two last FIFA series have been a huge dissapointment for me , it obviously made a huge improvement on graphics with Frostbite but gameplay-wise , it's still pretty behind . So here are some of my suggestions :
Tactical overhaul , a complete new system for better use of tactics. The current numeric system is clearly useless.
Better and more realistic animations such as passing, running , turning , dribbling , jogging, etc.
Update old and generic stadiums.
Improve the outside views of stadiums visually , what happened to "Living Worlds" ?
Injury realism , implement some of the features UFC has .
Better night lighting
Stadium entrance scenes, more inside and outside scenes in general .
I'm totally getting all these features from PES but please give some real faces to generic refeeres.
Apparently there's player intelligence system , how about a proper manager active intelligence . Give AI managers more options and variables , for example changing formations when the team isn't playing well , etc .
Update the generic match presentation design .
More LIFE and emotion in a cup final , more intensity on how the players, managers , the crowd and the commentators react and live that match . It feels so lifeless
Better camera angles/shots.
UEFA License is a MUST , but sadly you can kinda tell PES will renew. I just don't see EA having both FIFA and UEFA licenses , the only possible way is if both KONAMI and EA plan on sharing some licenses , then there's a possibility to open talks.
Authenticity is key , more scans/customs outside the prem.
Tattoos for partner clubs , EA just gives tattoos to cover stars.
Pulling up long sleeve shirts , example :
Player ID , give each player their unique style of play ; Iniesta for example is actually useless in FIFA . Give more sense to player style and attributes. "Playmaker" should be asking more for the ball , moving the ball and making his team play to put an example .
Cutscenes in career mode ; manager presentation , team talks , signing presentation inside the stadium and in the conference room , interviews , etc . Possible ? Yes , with Frostbite . Ambitious enough ? Yes , but it's EA we're talking about .
More interactions between players and with the refeeres , they added "Emotion and Intensity" back in FIFA 16 , they can continue working on that.
I would also suggest a complete new dribbling and skills overhaul , you just can't be charging at full speed and execute a perfect Mcgeady spin . It's way too arcade and unrealistic in my opinion .