Sounds rough. The whole set-up invites frustration. Having to win 4 games in a row, 18 times, is a bit much. Also heard people have had issue's whereby they'd make it to the final only to be relegated back to the first round if their opponent quits! Ugh!
I'm steering clear of Fifa 10 for that exact reason. 09's Ultimate Team is enough to last me a lifetime.
Better than the alternative though. I've tried to play the tournaments legit, but everyone has a 99 rated team. Cannot bring myself to pay for gold packs (on the marketplace). Such a douchebag move by EA to include that option.
Do you boost? If so, please feel free to join my social group, dedicated to boosting ANY game. I'm always on the look out for x360a members that have half a brain cell between their ears... One of the more important aspects of boosting in my opinion. The others being dependability and maturity.
Anyway, if you want to join, there's a place for you.