I didn't like the penalties either, even the AI was having trouble scoring. Otherwise it's fine. Be a goalkeeper seems a laugh but I'd never seriously learn how to do it properly with all the assists off.
I'm on my second, first died in the middle of Fallout 3, kinda happy it did happen as my warranty was only a few weeks off and judging by the terrible load times it had been enduring for a while and regular crashes for no reason, I was more relieved when it did happen knowing I'd get a freebie repair.
No, most petitions are fail. It mostly depends on the user base that are interested in the product and if they are, their peers will most likely do it because there will be a lot of money in it for them. For instance, Assassins Creed had a trophy patch petition but there weren't enough people interested in it in order for Ubisoft Montreal to make one. Basically, not enough people interested = not enough money = not gonna happen. "