This is a suggestion for the next game, as it’d probably take a lot of balancing to get this right in the game....
But I‘d like players to maintain their position on the field when a stoppage occurs.
at the moment, if there’s a free kick, kick-in, ball up, throw-in etc, no matter where players are on the field, the game does a wipe (or cutscene and wipe) and players get setup in positions they were nowhere near.
It’d be awesome to catch a team out with a quick kick-in...or to take advantage of an open forward line even when a free kick is paid...
I had a 2-on-1 on the wing with an open forward line...got tackled too high, and the game reset player positions with my forward line then filled with defenders. Would have been better if my guy got up and went back for his kick, while the teammate ran forward into the open forward line.
Easy wins: if too high or in the back is paid, let the players get up and continue the game while they get to free kick position.
More Advanced: If the ball spills out in a free, they would have to get the ball back... so maybe have a teammate auto-fetch the ball for them...
The problem is the time it takes to get back the ball... which people wouldnt want to wait for....they’d want to skip it like a cutscene.... so, maybe add some way to skip it, but instead of resetting everyone, just extrapolate where players could have moved to as though it wasnt skipped.
Same thing with throw ins and kick ins.
please let me know what you think...and if there are any other things that would need to be considered with this.