I've decided to start a wishlist calling for EA to release us from all of the arbitrary restrictions in FIFA. All of those locked edit screens and absent edit functions should go into here. Please note this is for all things off the pitch. This is not an invitation for people to rant about manual controls. Off the pitch, where there should be very little reason, particularly for games v the computer, there should be minimal restrictions.
a) Edits in Career Mode: The big one for me is that we should be able to edit anything we like in Career Mode. We should have full access to edit mode so we can do whatever we like in Career Mode after we've started; create new players, edit players, transfer players, take over opposition teams, change formations, picking starting line ups and generally have total control over the universe;
b) Edits Generally: Please remove all arbitrary restrictions on editing licensed content including players' names, appearances, ages and anything else that we might want to edit;
c) Created Players: Please lift the arbitrary restriction that limits us to only 30 created players;
d) Managers: When Mourinho gets fired it's going to be pretty frustrating for people who care about that sort of thing if he's still the Man Utd manager in the 15th year of Career Mode. Let us move managers to new clubs (or take licensed managers out of the game altogether if you can't do it right);
e) Squad sizes: Remove the arbitrary restriction that limits squad sizes to 26 or whatever and allow us to put as many players as we like in a squad. Equally, the lowest number should be 11 i.e. enough for a starting line up;
f) Match day squad sizes: We should be able to edit the size of match day squads so as to fix EA's oversight in relation to Serie A and other leagues with 22 man match day squads;
g) Fixtures: We should be able to re-arrange fixtures in Career Mode so that we can move e.g. the Italian Super Cup to the correct time in January or indeed move or re-arrange any fixtures;
d) Suspensions: We should be able to edit the number of cards required to get suspensions either to switch off suspensions entirely (if that's what floats our boat) or reduce the number of yellow cards required for suspensions (which I would do);
e) Europa/Champions League Groups: We should be able to put whatever teams we like in these groups and not be arbitrarily restricted to the teams that EA tells us must be in these groups such as Cardiff.
f) Formations: Please allow us to move players anywhere we want on the pitch when we are editing formation and remove the arbitrary restrictions which prevents us from having e.g. a DM in certain formations.
g) Variable formations: Once you enter the forbidden zone of kick off and then go back into tactics you'll notice that it's no longer possible to view your other formations in tactics (you know, to see what positions your players are in) because the little icon in the top left hand corner of the screen is greyed out. So to find out you need to go back into the match, switch formations and then come back into tactics to see your formation. As a general rule EA, just don't grey things out. If things are in the game leave them. For this, it's just one of those silly little, unnecessary restrictions in the game.
h) Kick off times: Someone else made this point but seriously? Why would this be restricted. In fact in Career Mode we should have the exact same options as we have in Exhibition Mode because it's us against the machine and machines don't care we if we cheat or want to change things to suit ourselves.
As a general rule, if EA is tempted to put a restriction on this or that, just don't. Don't go to the trouble of writing a little code that greys out this option or restricts that. Stop being control freaks. On the pitch by all means let's have some rules but off the pitch we need as much freedom as possible.
What other arbitrary restrictions have people come across?