I am having a similiar problem of the game crashing before the match starts. Usually a fix this by deleting a bit of saved data, but that doesnt seem to have worked. I dont want to delete my master league. Any ideas?
are you using kitserver? if you are there might be a corrupted face/hair/kit in the team you are playingt with or against. Try to uninstall kitserver and then run the game to see if it works without it!