I haven't bought the last couple of FIFA's but from what I've heard most people are not happy with the state of the game & believe it has become too casual/AI does too much work for you & has too many mechanics that can be easily abused.
Obviously these issues should be fixed regardless but I think hardcore modes would be an alternative for players that don't want to deal with people abusing these faulty gameplay mechanics. These modes would be exactly the same as before but with forced manual control settings.
I've played FIFA with fully manual control settings since FIFA 08 so I can tell you with experience that it completely changes how the game is played. It slows down the pace of the match as you have to think about where you are passing & shooting & stops people from exploiting a lot of the mechanics that are abused like tiki-taka mindless one touch passing that's impossible to defend & shots that are 100% goals every time etc.
The problem is that it's become harder each year to find manual opponents to play with as the game is increasingly designed for casuals. I think EA's conclusion is that if they lower the skill ceiling they'll get a higher player base & "Ultimately " sell more packs.
I understand this from a business POV but don't see why they can't make optional hardcore modes for players that want to play the game as more of a Football sim rather than an arcade game.
Not only would it offer a place for the small community of existing manual players but I think just the existence of these modes would encourage people to try it out that wouldn't have done so before.
I believe it's one of the most rewarding experiences in gaming but in the end players realise that default assisted settings is too much of a necessity to compete against the majority that use assisted. These modes would allow people to try it without having to compete against the assisted casuals.
Getting hardcore manual game modes is probably a total pipe dream so I would be happy to just find some more manual players to play with when FIFA 21 comes out. I play on Xbox so if you play manual reply with your Gamertag. Mine is XBPanda#4092