Repair worked for me, no problems since. Just close the game window and go into Origin, right click on the FIFA 18 title and click repair.
So now after last patch the game freezes 2-4x for around 3-5 seconds at the start of the game.
And at the end it freezes just like it used to but after a min it loads to the next screen.
Have to restart FIFA after every game cause of the dumb half time bug from last patch,.. and after recent patch cant play online cause of freezes.... geeeeeeez EA
PC same here. Squad battles, start the game then all of a sudden at the kick off I notice the ball kicking sound has gone, then that tells me the game is gone wrong. Try to push start & nothing happens. Then if you continue the game it plays ok without half the sounds & at half time there's no way to continue due to the start button not working. Only fix is to ALT F4 out, sort it out EA.
Every 2nd day or nearly every 10th game.
This game is just too disappointing and they just don't give a *.
No money anymore for EA. Never again.
Hurt them where it hurts, in their purse.