One of football’s most senior and long-serving statesmen has passed away. FIFA mourns the death of Harry H. Cavan of Northern Ireland, who died on Sunday, 16 January. In expressing its condolences to Mr. Cavan’s family and to the Irish Football Association, FIFA also wishes to reiterate its deep appreciation of his contributions to football and FIFA during a distinguished career.

Harry H. Cavan served on a variety of FIFA committees, including the Organising Committees for all World Cups from 1970 to 1986. He also chaired the Technical Committee, the Development Programmes Committee, the World Youth Tournament Committee, the Medical Committee and the Referees’ Committee.

However, Mr. Cavan will best be remembered for his distinguished role in representing the British associations as a Vice-President of the FIFA Executive Committee from 1960 to 1990. He was made an Honorary Vice-President of FIFA in 1990.