I assume someone from EA actually watched the World Cup?
If they did they may have noticed the odd penalty and set piece. Yeah, in football, there's the thing called a FOUL (it's pronounced like 'vowel' but with a 'f'). It results in all manner of things from penalties to free kicks to yellow cards to even red one's.
After the World Cup there is no excuse for released what is allegedly a "football simulation" that does not have fouls including penalties. They got the number right in FIFA16 and FIFA17 so just do what you did back then.
If there's no fouls I won't be buying the game.