Super League of Malawi (Sulom) says the TNM Super League will have a two-week break after the first round.
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said in an interview that with the first round set to wind up this Sunday, the second round will kick off on July 23.
The transfer window is set to open on July 9 up to July 22.
However, some clubs say the period should have been longer considering that there are come fixtures in between.
Civil Service United general secretary Ronald Chiwaula said: “We would have loved if it were a little longer because two weeks with some cup games in between is not enough. These players need a bit of rest.
“Just imagine international break and recess occuring the same period.
“There are also some teams that will rest even longer having wound up their fixtures much earlier.”
Nyasa Big Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga said while the break gives some players a chance to rest, those with the national team won’t have a breather.
He said: “Unfortunately, the mid-season break coincides with the Cosafa Cup tournament and at least six of our players are with the national team.
“Similarly, when we had an international break, they also did not have a moment’s respite as they were with the Flames during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations’ qualifiers.”
On his part, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers board secretary Humphrey Mvula said the arrangement is good for the teams as it will provide them an opportunity to prepare for the second round.
He said: “I guess it should further permit teams to review their squads and plan for the second round.”
Mighty Wakawaka Tigers general secretary Akuzike Kafwamba said: “For us, we welcome the decision as there are cup games as well, so this will accord us time to focus.”
The second round is expected to conclude in December.
Nyasa Big Bullets finished the first round at the top of the 16-team league with 41 points, having dropped four points through draws against Karonga United and Blue Eagles away.
They won all their home matches.