ASIAN football leaders are to ask the world's governing body, FIFA, for at least two more places for the 1998 World Cup in France. And that figure may rise to a total of five if an Asian nation wins a proposed play-off against the champions from Oceania. The Asian Football Confederation, which governs the sport in the region, held an executive committee meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday, when the AFC's General Secretary, Peter Velappan, put his proposal. With the next World Cup finals tournament featuring 32 teams rather than 24 FIFA has asked for proposals on the distribution of the eight additional places from the six confederations. For the finals in the US, Asia was represented by only two countries - Saudi Arabia and South Korea - but Velappan feels his confederation deserves four automatic places for France, plus a play-off for a fifth Asian nation against Oceania representatives. Said Velappan: ''When the FIFA executive committee decided to increase the number of teams from 24 to 32, it was the primary intention that the additional seats should go to continents whose football potential is fast improving - namely, Asia and Africa.'' The AFC's proposal for a 32-team World Cup finals tournament gives UEFA (Europe) 15 places (including France as hosts), CONMEBOL (South America) four places (including Brazil as holders), CAF (Africa) five places, the AFC 4.5 places, CONCACAF (Central America, North America, Caribbean) three places and Oceania 0.5 places. The figures for the 1994 World Cup were: Europe 13 (including Germany as champions), South America 3.5, Africa three, Asia two, Central America 2.25 (including the US as hosts) and Oceania 0.25.