Fix: FIFA 17 unexpectedly exits Ultimate Team

By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

FIFA 17 gained a massive advantage over Pro Evolution Soccer 17 by creating an original PC game instead of an underwhelming port. The game uses the new Frostbite engine and looks great as a result. However, the peak of the FIFA 17 experience is FIFA Ultimate Team, an online mode that lets you compete with friends and players around the world using custom teams.

Despite its fun factor, there are many reports of glitches and crashes in this mode. One of the most relentless is the ALT-Tab crash that results in instant disconnects and a result, defeat. This is a well-known safety measure to stop cheaters, but sadly completely blocks your multitasking while playing.

We will try to address this issue and lead you through few possible workarounds.

How to fix FIFA 17 crash in FUT mode on PC

Update game to the latest patch

Updating the game should be your first step. The latest patch is 1.05, the game’s fourth since launch, is known to addressing some overlay issues. Try it out and maybe the problem will disappear.

Disable all background programs

Some users reported that FUT game crashes because of applications working in the background. Our best bet to overcome the problem is to disable those apps and their respective processes. Disabling Skype, Windows Update, and antivirus applications should prevent or at least minimize desktop crashes.

On the other hand, we are aware that some of you like to change your music playlist or chat on social networks while playing. But, until an alternative solution is presented, Alt-Tab should not be used while playing FUT.

Disable Origin In Game feature

Occasional crashes occur due to Origin Notifications feature while playing FIFA 17. As we already stated, it seems that most of the background processes conflict with the game while playing online and Origin In Game is not an exception. You can disable ‘Origin In Game’ feature by following these steps:

  1. Start Origin desktop client.
  2. Open MyGames.
  3. Right-click on FIFA 17 and choose Game Properties.
  4. Select Origin In Game and uncheck the box.
  5. Save your selection and start the game.

This way you won’t be able to chat with your friends while playing online, but the procedure will prevent possible interference and there so crashes.

Try out windowed mode

This may not an actual solution but a mere workaround for your issue. When the game starts in Windowed mode, you can use background programs without minimizing them. That way, crashes will occur less often than usual. You can start the game in windowed mode by pressing the ALT and ENTER keys at the same time. If this doesn’t working, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the FIFA 17 desktop shortcut.
  2. Right-click the Fifa17.exe and choose Properties.
  3. Open Shortcut tab.
  4. In the Target,  you will see the destination to Fifa17.exe
  5. After quotation mark, press space and write -window.
  6. Save your settings and start the game.

It should make the game work while the background applications are active so that you’ll be able to chat and play at the same time.


Those were our temporary solutions for the issue. We hope that EA will find the way to create a permanent solution to let players multitask while playing online. Most of them will rather encounter few cheaters now and then instead of being unable to minimize the game.

If you are having some other solutions in mind or similar issues, please share them with us in the comments section.


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